See dances from the great American choreographer Paul Taylor

Posted in Feature, Spotlight, Theater and Dance

March 4, 2013

It’s a rare opportunity.

If you’ve never seen the work of one of the foremost American choreographers of the 2oth century, Wednesday night is your chance.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Family Series presents  Taylor 2 Dance Company on the Michael Nutt Main Stage at WICA in Langley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Established in 1993, the six-member Taylor 2 Company is known for bringing to life legendary choreographer Paul Taylor’s signature dances. The Taylor 2 Dance Company was specially created for smaller community audiences such as those at WICA. In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his ever-growing collection of works, which are known for athleticism, humor, and range of emotions. Many of his pieces have been re-worked from the original version to enable Taylor 2 to perform them on tour.

Taylor 2 will present four dances, including ” Airs,”  first performed in 1978 and featuring music by Handel. Also on the program is “Lento,” with music is by Hayden; “3 Epitaphs,”showcasing early New Orleans jazz; and “Piazzolla Caldera,” with music by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky.

The WICA Family Series was created in 1999 with a goal to help families make the arts a priority in their lives, and to supplement arts opportunities for the students of South Whidbey. This series brings high-quality, low-cost family entertainment and cultural events to our community, as well as education outreach. Each show is offered twice: an evening performance open to the public; and a free of charge matinee for the Langley Middle School students, where they have the opportunity to interact, ask questions, and learn about different cultures and art forms.

In addition to the school matinee, Taylor 2 Dance Company will offer a master class to select Whidbey Island Dance dancers, by invitation only.

Evening performance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets are available for purchase online at, by phone at (360) 221-8268, (800) 638-7631 or by visiting the WICA box office at 565 Camano Ave. in Langley.

The WICA Family Series is sponsored in part by WESTAF.

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