Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and respected choreographers. This film is an unprecedented exploration of how Mr. Taylor creates a single dance, and between the guarded and unguarded moments, the viewer is witness to a mysterious work ethic that has created some of the most iconic modern dances of our time.
BIKE TO BEER WITH CHRIS LASHUA OF CIRQUE MECHANICS
October 28 at The Malted Barley
Grab a beer and a delicious homemade pretzel while chatting with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director of Cirque Mechanics. Find out about his biking background, which led to a stint with Cirque du Soleil. Hear about his troupe Cirque Mechanics, who will be kicking off our FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series at The Vets on October 29 with their performance Pedal Punk.
SETTING ART IN MOTION: ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG & PAUL TAYLOR
November 13 at RISD Museum
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.
You’ve never seen a circus like this! Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines.
This is a unique opportunity for Rhode Island-area dancers to take a master class with Ruth Andrien, who originated roles as former principal Taylor dancer, and has restaged Mr. Taylor’s work around the world. $5 advance/$10 door
LUNCH TALK Paul Taylor’s America: Songs of Innocence & Experience
February 2, 2017 at Brown University
In this illustrated lecture, Taylor’s biographer Suzanne Carbonneau will look at how Taylor’s dances have chronicled both shining ideals and uncomfortable truths about America. Lunch will be served.
FREE – RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED Presented in partnership with American Dance Legacy Initiative