Paul Taylor meets the Andrews Sisters at TFAC October 3

Published 3:43 pm Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On Sunday night, October 3, Paul Taylors smaller troupe, Taylor 2, will perform three of his best and most beloved works at Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Hailed in the New York Times as something of a miracle because they are able to convey so much with so few dancers, this six-member company recently joined with Taylors larger one on the plaza at Lincoln Center to celebrate Taylors 80th birthday.

Among the dances that evening was Company B, which Taylor 2 will perform in Tryon to music of the Andrews Sisters. Company B had its first performance in 1991. It is a Taylor classic that explores the horror of war as the Andrews Sisters sing cheery songs such as Pennsylvania Polka and Tico-Tico. At the Lincoln Center performance, dancer Madelyn Ho was described as delicate and soulful in I Can Dream, Cant I?

Another well-known Taylor dance being presented October 3 is Aureole which was choreographed to the music of Georg Friedrich Handel and first performed in 1962. It contains a difficult solo that Taylor created for himself and is considered a milestone in modern dance; it fused the classical elements of dancers in white unitards and dresses with movements that expressed a whole new dimension of time and space in dance in the 1960s.

They will also perform Runes at Tryon Fine Arts Center, a depiction of a secret rite and considered one of his most spellbinding dances. It was created in 1975 to the music of Gerald Busby a publisher, cook, and philosopher as well as a composer best known for his film score of Robert Altmans 3 Women. Busby has lived for years in New Yorks storied Chelsea Hotel a rest stop for rare individuals where he continues to write music as quirky and bohemian as his surroundings.

Tickets are available by calling or visiting the box office Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org for more information.

Tryon Fine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the magic and power of the arts to people of all ages through a variety of experiences.