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Great Performances: The Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris

Great Performances presents two of Paul Taylor’s masterworks: "Brandenburgs" and "Beloved Renegade". "Brandenburgs" is one of Taylor’s magnificent collection of works set to music by a master of the baroque. The dance’s exuberance matches the ferocious energy of Bach’s spirited concertos. "Beloved Renegade" is set to Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th Century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered the body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardor. The dances were recorded last year at the Théâtre National de Chaillot during the Festival Les Étes de la Danse 2012; where the company dazzled audiences. The engagement in Paris marks The Company’s 50th Anniversary of its first appearance there in 1962.

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Episode number: 40x9
Production Number: 3802
Airdate: Friday May 03rd, 2013

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


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Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance. At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his recent dances as well as his classics.

The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company has set the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. Since the company’s founding in 1954, Mr. Taylor has choreographed 136 dances, many of which have attained iconic status and have been celebrated throughout the world. Taylor has achieved countless accolades, including two of our nation’s highest artistic distinctions: the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.



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