Robert Rauschenberg Dance, Performance and Paul Taylor’s ‘Tracer’

November 13, 2016  3 PM – RISD Museum
Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main St. Providence

FREE and open to the public

Art historian Dr. Robert S. Mattison highlights Rauschenberg’s powerful and long-held interest in dance and performance in a conversation capped by a performance of Tracer, an early collaboration between choreographer Paul Taylor and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg, who went on to become giants of dance and art.

Throughout his career, Paul Taylor collaborated with visual artists who created set pieces and costumes for his dances. Neo-Dadaist artist Robert Rauschenberg was one of the first visual artists to work with Taylor, and designed some of Taylor’s most groundbreaking early works.

Tracer will be performed by the Taylor 2 dance company. This 1962 dance was lost to history before dancer Kim Jones reconstructed the “lost” dance at Taylor’s request. Tracer was reintroduced to the dance world in 2016 and is the foremost (and final) collaboration between Paul Taylor and Robert Rauschenberg.

The Paul Taylor Legacy Project: Art in Motion

FirstWorks celebrates Paul Taylor, America’s greatest living choreographer of the 20th and 21st centuries, through a season-long project connecting audiences with art, dance, music, and American history. In February 2017, Mr. Taylor will be “in-residence” with his namesake Paul Taylor Dance Company to debut a new work in Providence prior to its three-week run at Lincoln Center in New York City. Taylor’s visionary work will be explored through a series of workshops, lectures, conversations, films, and performances beginning in October 2016.

A Widening the Circle initiative developed by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, along with partners including the Brown University Orchestra, RISD Museum, Jamestown Arts Center and Cable Car Cinema.



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