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(NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the Taylor 2 residency, contact Hancher's education coordinator, Michelle Coleman, at (319) 335-0009.)

Taylor 2 performs works of Paul Taylor in week-long Hancher residency, Nov. 16-23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Taylor 2, an ensemble of young dancers who perform the choreography of American modern dance legend Paul Taylor, will climax a week-long University of Iowa residency with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Hancher Auditorium. The Taylor 2 residency will be the Iowa City kick-off of Hancher's ambitious networking project in collaboration with Luther College in Decorah, the Pella Opera House and the Burlington Civic Music Association.

The Hancher performance will feature works from the Taylor repertory selected with family audiences in mind: 1981's "Arden Court," to music by 18th-century English composer William Boyce; "Images," set in 1977 to Debussy compositions for piano; and the 1994 romp "Funny Papers," accompanied by novelty tunes including "Alley-Oop," "Popeye, the Sailor Man," "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)?"

The public is also invited to free Family Movement Workshops at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Iowa City Recreation Center. For further information, contact Joyce Caroll at the Rec Center, (319) 356-5110.

In addition to these public events, the Taylor 2 company will be featured in a variety of educational and audience development activities throughout the week, including appearances in UI classes, a master class for the UI Dance Department, a mini-performance for patients and staff at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, a movement workshop for members of the North Dodge Athletic Club, a lecture-demonstration at UI Burge Residence Hall, and an event for families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House. On Monday, Nov. 23, the company will perform for area school groups as part of Hancher's Stage Door series.

A primary focus of Hancher's networking project is the development of young adult audiences. To that end, Taylor 2 will be featured in mini-performances and question-and-answer sessions during the work day at NCS, ACT and the Iowa City Press-Citizen in Iowa City.

Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to accommodate the demands on the Paul Taylor Dance Company for increased teaching and community outreach, and to make it possible for the Taylor repertory to be performed in smaller communities.

In its brief existence, Taylor 2 has already traveled extensively, including tours of Africa, the Baltics and India. Residencies in the United States have included more than 80 master classes throughout the New York public school system, an Alaska tour stretching from Anchorage to Nome, and a 17-city tour of Wisconsin.

The New York Times noted, "Taylor 2 has hit the ground running. The company has won nearly undiluted praise from its audiences."

The six-member company's roster includes Robert Kleinendorst, a 1995 graduate of Luther College.

The company is directed by Mary Cochran, who was a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for a dozen years, and before that was a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre. She has taught Taylor master classes throughout the world, and has been on the faculties of Mills College, the University of Michigan and Agnes Scott College.

Paul Taylor has been a prominent force in dance for four decades. From 1955 to 1962 he was a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, while presenting his own work in concerts in the United States and Europe. His company has been one of the most popular modern dance companies in the world since the 1960s, and his choreography has been performed by more than 75 companies worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet.

He has been the recipient of more than 40 major awards, including an Emmy Award, a MacArthur "genius grant," three Guggenheim Fellowships, six honorary doctorates, the National Medal of the Arts, French knighthood and Kennedy Center Honors. His autobiography, "Private Domain," was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The corporate sponsor of the Taylor 2 performance is the FREEDOM Group, Inc., through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Hancher's Network Project is supported by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The three-year project will also include events in all four communities featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Sextet and the Ahn Trio.

Tickets for Taylor 2 are $16, $14 and $12. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17 or younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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