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Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Robert Kleindorst in Also Playing (Photo by Tom Caravaglia)

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The quintessentially American Paul Taylor Dance Company returns with Three Dubious Memories, Brief Encounters, and Also Playing by its founder, "the most inventive and versatile choreographer alive today" (The New York Post).

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"The American spirit soars whenever Taylor's dancers dance."
--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"One of the most intelligent, stylish, and physically magnificent dance troupes we have"
--The Seattle Times
 
A 1992 Kennedy Center Honoree, choreographer Paul Taylor has for more than 50 years been acclaimed for the vibrancy, relevance, and power of his dances. The New York Times applauds his Paul Taylor Dance Company as "one of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful in the entire world."
 
The "reigning master of modern dance" (Time Magazine), D.C. native Taylor brings his company back to the Kennedy Center with three DC premieres.

Given its premiere on October 30, 2010, Taylor's Three Dubious Memories is danced to Peter Elyakim Taussig's Five Enigmas, with costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. From decidedly subjective points of view, the protagonists in a love triangle recall their affair, with its triumphs and defeats, differently--leaving us, and them, to wonder what really transpired. 

Brief Encounters, choreographed in 2009, features men and women converging at a secret trysting place in the dead of night--not for romance, but to satisfy their pure animal instincts. The New York Times calls it "an essay in the very stuff of theater poetry. What Debussy designated as nursery music here depicts a more adult innocence. Every emotion and meeting seems young, pristine, mysterious."

In his tribute to vaudeville, Also Playing, ballet music by Donizetti propels a Vaudeville revue with acts ranging from an Apache dance and a tap-dancing horse (a true hoofer) to a striptease and flag-waving march. Among the performers are a toreador whose sissy bulls are frightened of her, a dying swan in her lengthy final throes, and a star-struck stagehand who takes a turn with his broom. Choreographed in 2009, the New York Times calls it "the funniest new dance work New York has seen in years."

Performance Timing 
Brief Encounters - 
22 minutes, followed by a 15-minute intermission
Three Dubious Memories - 22 minutes, followed by a 15-minute intermission
Also Playing - 21 minutes
 
Explore the Arts: On Mar. 22, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.

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