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The Paul Taylor Dance Company
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Press Event, Announcement of:
Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance

Paul Taylor, Artistic Director
CF Stone III, Chairman, Board of Directors
John Tomlinson, Executive Director
Lisa Labrado, Director of Public Relations

The Green Room
The David H. Koch Theater

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 13, 2014

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 13, 2014

(See Taylor Company Reviews)

A press event was held this morning by the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Taylor was present and answered questions after the announcements. John Tomlinson, Executive Director of the Company, and CF Stone III, Chairman of the Board, took turns announcing a major new initiative. Paul Taylor is launching “Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance”, which will have as its home the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Highlights of this initiative are: In addition to Mr. Taylor’s vast repertory of choreographies, additional modern dance choreographers will be invited to choreograph works for the Taylor Company; “legacy companies” or renowned dance artists will perform historical dance masterworks; live music will accompany dances, where originally noted; an addition of a spring season, to expand the modern dance genre at Koch Theater, is planned; there will be a continuation of national and international touring; there will be a continuation of performances by Paul Taylor’s existing and new choreographies; and, an introduction of educational components is in the works.

In order to jumpstart the funding of this initiative, Sotheby’s will auction several works by Robert Rauschenberg, which were given to Mr. Taylor by the artist, and which have since been in Mr. Taylor’s home. One of the works, “Tracer”, was used on set for Mr. Taylor’s 1962 dance of the same title. Mr. Rauschenberg was an early designer of sets and costumes for the original Taylor Dance Company, designing for Jack and the Beanstalk (1954) and Three Epitaphs (1956), among others. Another Rauschenberg work, “Pink Clay Painting (to Pete)” (1953), will be included in this sale, to be held May 14 and 15, 2014, in New York. Michael Macaulay, of Sotheby’s, spoke at today’s event as well. It is expected that the auction will raise $5 million to $7 million, the exact sum to be matched by the Board. Thus a $10 million minimum, initial commitment is in place for this expansion in progress.

Present in the audience were executives of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, a musicians’ union, that is quite thrilled that a live orchestra will be added to future performances. It is not yet known which existing orchestra or new chosen orchestra of individual musicians will be invited to accompany the Taylor works and additional choreographies for future performances. Mr. Taylor noted that this new initiative will preserve and protect his works, when “they don’t let me make dances anymore”, although Mr. Tomlinson assured everyone that’s not happening. Mr. Taylor also noted that he will “pick” the legacy and contemporary choreographers to be included in “Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance”. Mr. Taylor, with whom I took a master class in college, many years ago, and whom I have followed for decades, appears on stage with his dancers, after each performance, and, after bowing, stands and claps for them. Kudos to Paul Taylor, and kudos to his executive staff for this exciting new expansion initiative.

CF Stone, III, Chairman of the Board, PTDC
Paul Taylor, Founder and Artistic Director, PTDC
John Tomlinson, Executive Director, PTDC
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Michael Macaulay, Sotheby's
John Tomlinson, Executive Director, PTDC
CF Stone, III, Chairman of the Board, PTDC
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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