Paul Taylor Dance Company's Pas de deux With Koch Theater

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is moving into Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, now that the space has been vacated by the New York City Opera.

John Tomlinson, the company's executive director, says it was a bittersweet decision to move the company from its regular performance space, the New York City Center. But ultimately, the troupe couldn't pass up the opportunity to try out what he calls a one of the world's "great theaters for dance."

"It's not a multi-year deal," he said. "We're just trying it this year to see if the company looks good there, if Mr. Taylor's happy there, if the audiences come to see us there."

The company has been performing regularly at City Center since 1977 and will depart just months after the completion of a $56 million renovation.

Tomlinson says the company's three-week season, beginning in March 2012, will feature 21 pieces. The dance company is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Taylor's signature work, "Aureole," with the original 1962 cast.

The announcement comes two months after the New York City Opera announced it would leave the Koch Theater, as it struggles with a $5 million deficit. City Opera will perform its upcoming season at a series of venues throughout the city.

In a statement, Taylor said the space will give the company access to a broader audience, in a new venue.

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