Paul Taylor Dance Company

Boch Center Shubert Theatre

A favorite of Boston audiences for decades, the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company returns for the first time under its new artistic leadership. Artistic Director (and former Taylor dancer) Michael Novak and recently-appointed Resident Choreographer Lauren Lovette represent an exciting new team at the helm of one of America's iconic modern dance companies.

Since assuming the artistic director position, Novak has brought the company to new heights, including an ambitious commissioning project. “Paul Taylor knew what he was doing when he left his modern dance organization in the capable, creative hands of Michael Novak […] He not only cares about modern dance, but he also knows how to keep the memory of Paul Taylor–the strange parts, just as much as the joyful–fully alive,” reports the New York Times.

Resident Choreographer Lauren Lovette, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer who left her that company in her late 20s to focus full-time on choreography, debuts her second work created on the Paul Taylor Dance Company, a to-be-titled piece that will premiere in New York in November 2022. More than simply carrying Taylor's legacy forward, Lovette represents an infusion of new creative energy: watch for the influences of her ballet career and her contemporary approach to gender and partnering.

Audience favorites "Company B" and "Brandenburgs" demonstrate the humanity, musicality, buoyancy, and wit that were among Taylor's hallmarks.

Be there when Paul Taylor Dance Company returns, and celebrate the enduring spirit and vibrant new direction of this essential American company.

Performance Program

Two 15-minute intermissions following the Lovette work and "Company B."

Music: Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 for string orchestra with piano obbligato.

This work will premiere during the Paul Taylor Dance Company's November 2022 season at Lincoln Center.

Music: World War II-era popular songs, sung by the Andrews Sisters
Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: June 20, 1991

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: April 5, 1988

“There was an emotional risk taking and also an emotional warmth in her work that felt very Taylor to me. ...Our repertory can get very, very dark, but it can also get genuinely romantic. Emotions are driving what we do. And I saw Lauren was pulling that out of dancers in a way that felt very genuine. It reminds me of Paul Taylor.”

Michael Novak, about Lauren Lovette to The New York Times

“The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world.”

New York Times

Boch Center Shubert Theatre Information

The 2022/23 Dance Series is generously sponsored by
Leslie & Howard ApplebyStephanie L. Brown Foundation, Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation, and Royal Little Family Foundation.

 

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment Funds, with generous leadership support from Stephanie L. Brown Foundation.