Paul Taylor Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of His Company at City Center

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The Paul Taylor Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with three weeks of performances at City Center starting tomorrow.

The performances are part of a 50-state tour that began last March. The tour, which features both the company and Taylor 2, the touring and teaching company, ends in spring 2006.

For the City Center program, Taylor has chosen 17 masterworks from his repertory of 120 dances plus and two New York premieres: Dante Variations and Klezmerbluegrass, a Foundation for Jewish Culture commission that premiered last December at the Kennedy Center. The repertory works are drawn from all phases of Taylor's career, from 1956's 3 Epitaphs to 2002's Promethean Fire.

Viewers who wish to see all 19 works can do so in just six performances. For a schedule, go to www.ptdc.org or www.citycenter.org.

The series' opening-night celebration, which includes a dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street, features the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Donald York, performing the scores for Esplanade and Syzygy (York composed the latter), and the Klezmer Mountain Boys performing the score of Klezmerbluegrass.

The closing-night performance is preceded by a two-hour panel discussion with performances of Taylor's work from each decade.

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