Dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance that he has helped define since he became a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. Mr. Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Mr. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests, as well as teach and provide community outreach. Mr. Taylor looked back to the origins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world.
In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his work. Early Taylor works utilize the six-person Company as originally intended, and later works have been re-worked from the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s larger version to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them. Critics and audiences cheer as Taylor 2 introduces the athleticism, humor, and range of emotions found in Mr. Taylor’s work.
Taylor 2, which tours extensively, has had engagements in nearly 400 cities to date. In the Spring of 1994, the United States Information Agency sponsored the Company’s first international tour that sent the dancers to the African nations of Mozambique, Botswana, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland. Having performed in India in 1997 in tandem with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2 returned to India in 2011 for a three-week tour. Taylor 2’s widespread domestic touring already has taken the Company to forty-six states. It also has done extensive residencies in Albany, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Francisco, teaching and performing for thousands of students.
The EFA concerts will include excerpts of Paul Taylor’s iconic works Esplanade, 3 Epitaphs, Funny Papers, and Company B. A concert preview video is available. EFA is proud to partner with the Western Michigan University Department of Dance for these performances.
“Taylor 2 is a kind of a miracle… All of the dancers are considerable talents [who] unite fearlessness with skill.” — Gia Kourlas, The New York Times