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Oct. 13, 2011

Hancher to present Paul Taylor Dance Company at West High Nov. 1

Led by arguably the most prolific living choreographer, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will return to Iowa City at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, for an evening of mixed repertoire. The performance will take place in the West High School Auditorium.

After graduating from Juilliard, Taylor began his performance career with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He started his own troupe in 1954 and ushered in a new era of groundbreaking choreography, musical choices, and artistic collaborations. Now 81 years old, Taylor has been creating work encompassing a wide range of topics and movement styles for the past 55 years. He has been awarded nearly every honor known to the artistic world, including an Emmy for his work, Speaking in Tongues, in 1992, and the National Medal of the Arts in 1993.

Bringing dance to diverse audiences around the world has remained a priority of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Taylor's company has an extensive history with the University of Iowa; November's performance will be the eighth time Hancher has presented the company. Their 2004 visit marked the 50th anniversary of the company and a Hancher-commissioned piece, Dante Variations, was a highlight of the program.

The Nov. 1 performance will include three works choreographed by Taylor. Brandenburgs (1988) features music from Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. The Uncommitted is a new work created in honor Charles L. Reinhart, who was manager of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1962 to 1968 and director of the American Dance Festival from 1968 to 2011. Company B (1991) features music by the Andrews Sisters and is an audience favorite.

Support for this performance is provided by Peter and Ellie Densen and by the Hancher Partners.

Tickets are $40-45; college student, $10-40.50; senior citizen, $40-45; youth, $20-22.50 –available from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the West High School Auditorium.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,