Paul Taylor Dance Company

Cloven Kingdom, Brief Encounters, Esplanade
Nov 2010
About the Event

"Paul Taylor is without question the greatest living American choreographer. Taylor's emphasis on emotion within actual movement, the rhythmic vitality of his accents, his all-American youthfulness and optimism, all have set standards for American dance."
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

The greatest living force in modern dance, Paul Taylor brings his world-renowned company back for a specially-selected program. Cloven Kingdom (1976) reveals the primal beast lurking just below mankind's sophisticated veneer, while Brief Encounters (2010) tracks men and women converging at a secret trysting place in the dead of night to satisfy pure animal instincts. Esplanade's (1975) pedestrian, "found" movement displays the exuberance of youth, the sadness of a dysfunctional family, and the romantic interplay of lovers. 


Cloven Kingdom (1976)
Music by Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Cowell, and Malloy Miller

Brief Encounters (2009)
Music by Claude Debussy

Esplanade (1975)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Northrop Concerts and Lectures is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This performance is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Funding is provided in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

The presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

The 10-11 Northrop Season is presented with special support from Project SUCCESS, University Branch YMCA, and Neighborhood House.

Artists and programs subject to change.

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