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Iowa City IA 52242
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(NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the Taylor 2 residency,
contact Hancher's education coordinator, Michelle Coleman, at (319) 335-0009.)
Taylor 2 performs works of Paul Taylor in week-long Hancher residency,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Taylor 2, an ensemble of young dancers who perform
the choreography of American modern dance legend Paul Taylor, will climax
a week-long University of Iowa residency with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 22, in Hancher Auditorium. The Taylor 2 residency will be the Iowa
City kick-off of Hancher's ambitious networking project in collaboration
with Luther College in Decorah, the Pella Opera House and the Burlington
Civic Music Association.
The Hancher performance will feature works from the Taylor repertory
selected with family audiences in mind: 1981's "Arden Court,"
to music by 18th-century English composer William Boyce; "Images,"
set in 1977 to Debussy compositions for piano; and the 1994 romp "Funny
Papers," accompanied by novelty tunes including "Alley-Oop,"
"Popeye, the Sailor Man," "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow
Polka Dot Bikini" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor
(On the Bedpost Overnight)?"
The public is also invited to free Family Movement Workshops at 10:30
a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Iowa City Recreation Center.
For further information, contact Joyce Caroll at the Rec Center, (319)
In addition to these public events, the Taylor 2 company will be featured
in a variety of educational and audience development activities throughout
the week, including appearances in UI classes, a master class for the UI
Dance Department, a mini-performance for patients and staff at the UI Hospitals
and Clinics, a movement workshop for members of the North Dodge Athletic
Club, a lecture-demonstration at UI Burge Residence Hall, and an event
for families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House. On Monday, Nov.
23, the company will perform for area school groups as part of Hancher's
Stage Door series.
A primary focus of Hancher's networking project is the development of
young adult audiences. To that end, Taylor 2 will be featured in mini-performances
and question-and-answer sessions during the work day at NCS, ACT and the
Iowa City Press-Citizen in Iowa City.
Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to accommodate the demands on the Paul
Taylor Dance Company for increased teaching and community outreach, and
to make it possible for the Taylor repertory to be performed in smaller
In its brief existence, Taylor 2 has already traveled extensively, including
tours of Africa, the Baltics and India. Residencies in the United States
have included more than 80 master classes throughout the New York public
school system, an Alaska tour stretching from Anchorage to Nome, and a
17-city tour of Wisconsin.
The New York Times noted, "Taylor 2 has hit the ground running.
The company has won nearly undiluted praise from its audiences."
The six-member company's roster includes Robert Kleinendorst, a 1995
graduate of Luther College.
The company is directed by Mary Cochran, who was a principal dancer
with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for a dozen years, and before that was
a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre. She has taught Taylor master classes
throughout the world, and has been on the faculties of Mills College, the
University of Michigan and Agnes Scott College.
Paul Taylor has been a prominent force in dance for four decades. From
1955 to 1962 he was a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, while
presenting his own work in concerts in the United States and Europe. His
company has been one of the most popular modern dance companies in the
world since the 1960s, and his choreography has been performed by more
than 75 companies worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey
Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet.
He has been the recipient of more than 40 major awards, including an
Emmy Award, a MacArthur "genius grant," three Guggenheim Fellowships,
six honorary doctorates, the National Medal of the Arts, French knighthood
and Kennedy Center Honors. His autobiography, "Private Domain,"
was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The corporate sponsor of the Taylor 2 performance is the FREEDOM Group,
Inc., through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Hancher's Network Project is supported by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's
Digest Fund. The three-year project will also include events in all four
communities featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Sextet and the
Tickets for Taylor 2 are $16, $14 and $12. UI students and senior citizens
qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17
or younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr/
on the World Wide Web.