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Dance Students Visit Paul Taylor Dance Company

 04/01/2010

Restaging Paul Taylor’s landmark 1980 Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), under the direction of Taylor re-stager and former dancer Ruth Andrien, for the 2010 Power Center performance, was both a challenge and a thrill for our dance students. That profound experience was further reinforced in March, when fourteen lucky students went to New York City for three days with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Managing director John Tomlinson gave students a tour of the New York City Center, where the company has its season. While in New York, they had a chance to observe a dress rehearsal and attend four of the PTDC performances. They were invited to take part in two master classes at Taylor’s new studio on Grand Street, one taught by Andrien, who will also, incidentally, act as this summer’s artistic director for U-M Paul Taylor intensive, June 19-July 1.

Other thrills and chills included a chance to chat with dance critic Deborah Jowitt (Village Voice, New York Times) and be a part of a Taylor alumni reception, attended by several of the original Sacre cast members. This fall, October 7-9, as part of an ongoing celebration of Taylor’s 80th birthday, University Musical Society will present the Paul Taylor Dance Company in its 2010-2011 season. Plans are in the works for the students to reprise their Sacre performance while the company is in town.

"I’ve spent almost a year now researching Paul Taylor and his company,” says graduate dance student Daniela Carmen Blechner, “but to actually see the company perform, meet the past and present dancers, and be part of Taylor's 80th Birthday celebration is incredible. What I got from this one experience surpasses anything I could have gotten from books or videos."

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