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Release: Sept. 24, 1999
Paul Taylor world premiere highlights Millennium Festival
performances Oct. 15-16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Modern dance master Paul Taylor
will present the world premiere of his "Arabesque," set to music by Debussy,
when the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Oct. 15-16, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
"Arabesque" was commissioned by Hancher for its 1999-2000
Millennium Festival, the most extensive and ambitious performing-arts millennium
celebration in the United States. Other works on the Paul Taylor program are
"Cascade," a piece set to Bach's music that was premiered in July at the American
Dance Festival; and "Piazzolla Caldera," set to tango music by Astor Piazzolla,
recorded by violinist Gidon Kremer.
In conjunction with the "Arabesque" premiere, "Dancemaker,"
the Oscar-nominated documentary about Taylor, will be shown at 9 p.m., Oct.
14 and 16; and at 7 p.m., Oct. 15 and 17.
Reviewing the "Cascade" premiere, the critic of Dance
Magazine wrote that the work expresses "pure joy, including the joy of movement.
. . This dance might have a record number of leaps for a Taylor work. . .
With all these leaps comes a sense of release from the earth's pull and life's
The performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company
will culminate a multi-day residency by the young company Taylor 2 as part
of the Iowa Network Project that connects Hancher with Luther College in Decorah,
the Burlington Civic Music Association and the Pella Opera House.
Taylor has been a dominant force in dance for four
decades, winning accolades as a choreographer who combines athleticism, humor
and passion with a distinctive personality -- a combination that has even
won him acclaim as "the world's greatest living choreographer."
He is the recipient of more than 40 awards including
French knighthood, three Guggenheim Fellowships and six honorary Doctor of
Fine Arts degrees. Awards for his lifetime achievement include a MacArthur
Foundation Fellowship (often called the "genius grant") and the Kennedy Center
Honors "for enhancing the lives of people around the world and enriching the
culture of our nation." In February of 1989 Taylor was elected one of 10 honorary
American members of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
He received an Emmy Award in 1992 for "Speaking in
Tongues," produced by WNET/New York in 1991. In 1993 he was awarded a National
Medal of Arts by President Clinton in a ceremony at the White House.
Taylor's autobiography, "Private Domain," was nominated
by the National Book Critics Circle as the most distinguished biography of
His Paul Taylor Dance Company, now in its 42nd year,
has performed his choreography in more than 400 cities in more than 60 nations.
It has represented the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 different
countries and has completed 11 tours sponsored by the United States Department
Hancher's season-spanning Millennium Festival features
20 major commissions in music, theater and dance, with 15 of the commissioned
works and productions receiving their world or American premieres in Hancher.
In addition to the "Arabesque," new works have been
created -- or are being created -- by theater visionary Robert Lepage; choreographers
Twyla Tharp, Ushio Amagatsu, UI alumnus Lar Lubovitch, Susan Marshall, Bill
T. Jones, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and composers Richard Danielpour, Michael
Daugherty, Paul Schoenfield, and UI alumnus David Lang.
Performances of the commissioned works will be presented
by prominent ensembles including American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp Dance,
the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bang on a Can, the Kronos Quartet, the Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company,
Sankai Juku, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Ahn Trio and the Ethos
The Paul Taylor commission sponsors are Richard H.
and Mary Jo Stanley and the National Endowment for the Arts through the University
of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the Paul Taylor Dance Company's world
premiere of "Arabesque" are $35, $31 and $27. UI students and senior citizens
qualify for a 20 percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students
for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and 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
The entire 1999-2000 Hancher season -- including the
season-spanning Millennium Festival -- is detailed in a free brochure, "At
This Moment," which is available from the Hancher administrative offices (319-335-1130)
or the Hancher box office.
Learn more about the Paul Taylor Dance Company on
the World Wide Web at <http://www.ptdc.org>.
The site includes downloadable color images. For UI arts news and information,
and arts calendar updates, visit the ArtsIowa website, <www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr>.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: To request an advance interview,
contact Ariane Reinhart by phone at 212-431-5562 or by fax at 212-966-5673.)