THE ILLUMINATION will be presented by the Taylor organization


The Taylor organization showcases their fall 2021 performance experiences. Modern is Now: Illumination offers a series of intimate in-person events starting October 18, culminating in a special one-hour virtual program benefiting the company, hosted by Taylor’s Artistic Director Michael novak and broadcast FREE on Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Program to honor longtime Taylor collaborator, acclaimed lighting designer Jennifer tipton, and present a special performance for the 20th anniversary of Paul taylorthe masterpiece of Promethean Fire

“We thrive on connecting with our audience,” Novak said. “I have noticed in myself, the dancers and throughout our organization a strong need to reconnect with our Taylor family, in person whenever possible and also virtually with our audiences around the world. So we developed this method. hybrid engagement across both live and virtual channels. This adaptation has been important as we need donor and public support more than ever to continue our mission as we come to what we hope will be the end. of the pandemic. “

Modern Is Now: Illumination includes Reunion Performances where small groups will have intimate in-person experiences featuring some of Mr. Taylor’s most beloved works including Esplanade, Cloven Kingdom and Brandenburgs, as well as a preview of a new work by Lauren Lovette, accompanied by a unique dining experience designed by BITE, a daring and contemporary restaurant group. The events will take place at Taylor Studios on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Taylor organization adheres to the strictest CDC Covid protocols and local laws to ensure the safest possible environment for its guests, performers, and staff.

Modern Is Now: Illumination ends with the second virtual perk imagined by Mr. Novak, celebrating the artistry, tenacity and resilience of the company. It will present a unique performance by one of Paul taylorthe masterpieces of Promethean Fire which celebrates its 20th anniversary; and Mr. Taylor’s message of triumphing over tragedy, which resonates deeply today in these difficult times. The Taylor organization once again partnered with Broadway Unlocked to produce the program. The event is FREE to stream and registration is required here.

“This year’s virtual program is designed to focus on the power of creative voices: dance makers, dancers and designers, especially our longtime lighting visionary. Jennifer tipton“Mr. Novak said.” Time and time again, Jennifer’s lighting design creates a mood and energy that draws audiences and dancers alike. In Promethean Fire, Jennifer’s talents shine beautifully in the interplay between light and shadow on stage. “

Attendees are invited to events leading up to the performance, including pre-show conversations with Taylor dancers, the rehearsal directors leading up to the performance include two 1.5-hour master classes with an esteemed former Taylor Cathy McCann and Amy Young, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, screenings of the 1998 Oscar-nominated documentary Dancemaker, and rarely viewed stock footage. A detailed program can be found here.


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