The Paul Taylor Dance Company will present the New York premieres of Also Playing and Brief Encounters on February 24 as the troupe opens its 2010 season at the New York City Center. The season opener is a benefit for Dancers Responding to AIDS.
Also in repertoire through March 14 will be A Field of Grass (1993), Airs (1978), Beloved Renegade (2008), Brandenburgs (1988), Cascade (1999), Changes (2008), Dandelion Wine (2000), Dream Girls (2002), Esplanade (1975), Piazzolla Caldera (1997), Public Domain (1968), Runes (1975), Scudorama (1963), Spindrift (1993), Sunset (1983), and Syzygy (1987).
The season is also a celebration of the choreographer’s 80th birthday last July 29. The company announced, “As Mr. Taylor’s birthday gift to his audience, all tickets to the March 6 matinee performance will be a special price of $8.”
For more information, visit the troupe’s website, www.ptdc.org.
The deadline is March 26 for submissions to Dancin’ Downtown, a performance and choreography competition produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS that offers applicants the chance to be seen on the stage of the Joyce Theater in New York.
The competition’s 13 judges—including choreographers Rob Ashford and David Parsons and dance directors Joe Lanteri and Joe Tremaine—will award prizes that include the Joyce Theater Choreography Award, the Joyce Theater Performance Award, and the chance to perform at New York’s Central Park SummerStage.
Submissions can be in any style of dance. Only group pieces requiring from 4 to 15 dancers, all age 24 or younger, can be submitted. For details on the contest, go to http://www.dradance.org/ddatj2010/ddatj2010.html.