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 Post subject: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM WEST COAST PREMIERE
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:55 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Media Contact: Karen Hershenson
(415) 677-0328 or Karen@performances.org

[Editors: For a copy of this release and downloadable, high-resolution
photos, go to www.performances.org and click on the Press Room link.]
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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM WEST COAST PREMIERE OF ‘BELOVED
RENEGADE’

Company returns to San Francisco Performances with three unique programs
over five days
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San Francisco, CA – The Paul Taylor Dance Company’s well-received new work
“Beloved Renegade” will be a highlight when the troupe returns after a
year’s hiatus with three programs Wednesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 3
at Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, presented by San
Francisco Performances.

Set to music by Poulenc, “Beloved Renegade” is inspired by the works of poet
Walt Whitman. Reviewing the piece in February, New York Times critic
Alastair Macaulay called it “one of the great achievements of Mr. Taylor’s
long career…” Rounding out Program B are “Mercuric Tidings” and a revival of
the long-lost “Scudorama,” which was created in 1963 and has not been
performed since 1973.

Program A includes “Changes,” a lighthearted piece set to music by the Mamas
and the Papas. The San Francisco Ballet commissioned the work as part of its
New Works Festival last season, but this will be the first time the Paul
Taylor Company has performed it in the Bay Area. Rounding out this program
are “Byzantium” (1984) and the popular “Esplanade” (1975).

Program C consists of three Paul Taylor Dance Company favorites: “Arden
Court” (1981), “Private Domain” (1969) and “Offenbach Overtures” (1995).

In addition to these mainstage programs, the Company will offer a Family
Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, also at Yerba Buena. This approximately
hour-long performance is geared to young attention spans, ending with a Q&A
session with the dancers. The Taylor Company will also do a special
performance for public-school students, as well as an open rehearsal
scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. The latter event is free of
charge and open to the public.

For more than a decade, San Francisco Performances has presented the New
York-based Paul Taylor Company in regular seasons in the Bay Area. That
five-year arrangement ended last season, when the troupe took a break from
performing here.

Here are the details of each program:

PROGRAM A: Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m.: “Byzantium” (1984), music by Edgard
Varèse; “Changes,” music by John Phillips, John Lennon/Paul McCartney, John
Hartford; “Esplanade” (1975), music by Bach

PROGRAM B: Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.: “Mercuric Tidings”
(1982), music by Schubert; “Scudorama” (1963), music by Clarence Jackson;
“Beloved Renegade” (West Coast premiere), music by Poulenc

PROGRAM C: Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.: “Arden Court”
(1981), music by William Boyce; “Private Domain” (1969), music by Iannis
Xenakis; “Offenbach Overtures” (1995), music by Offenbach

Few artists of our time in any genre have had as profound an impact as Paul
Taylor. For more than 50 years his Company and works have defined American
performing arts and influenced generations of choreographers, dancers,
musicians, visual artists and audiences. He has created nearly 130 original
works for his 16-member Company and for Taylor 2, and for more than 75
ballet and modern dance companies around the world.

New York-based Taylor’s name has become synonymous with American style,
innovative spirit and performance of the highest caliber. His life and work
were the subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Dancemaker.”

Tickets to the mainstage performances are $49 and $32. The Family Matinee is
$25 adults, $12 children. To order, or for more information, call (415)
392-2545 or visit www.performances.org.

About San Francisco Performances
San Francisco Performances is recognized as one of the leading presenters in
the world. Founded by Ruth Felt in 1979 with a season of seven concerts, the
organization is now in its 29th season and proudly features more than 60
mainstage performances of chamber music, recitals, contemporary dance and
jazz. Through the years, SFP has presented more than 100 premieres and San
Francisco debuts, introducing such acclaimed artists in recital as pianist
Thomas Adès, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as
presenting international dance companies such as Israel’s Batsheva and
Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza.


CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS:
THE PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 through Saturday, May 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, May
3
WHERE: Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.,
San Francisco
PROGRAMS: Three different repertory programs (please see above)
TICKETS: $49/$32
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or visit www.performances.org

FAMILY MATINEE

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2
WHERE: Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.,
San Francisco
TICKETS: $25 adults, $12 children
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or visit www.performances.org

OPEN REHEARSAL

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
WHERE: Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.,
San Francisco
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: No reservations taken; for more information call (415) 398-6449 or
visit www.performances.org.

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