The Paul Taylor Dance Company is coming to Great Barrington later this month.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company is coming to Great Barrington later this month. (Courtesy Photo)

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Paul Taylor Dance Company will return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for its sixth consecutive summer season May 24-26

The modern dance company will perform the New England premiere of Taylor's "Perpetual Dawn," which depicts young people experiencing the awakening of love, perhaps for the very first time. The new work is set to sprightly concertos by Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen.

Other repertory favorites to be performed include "Cascade" (music by J.S. Bach); "Kith and Kin" (music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart); "Lost, Found and Lost" and "Last Look" (music by Donald York); and "Offenbach Overtures" (music by Jacques Offenbach).

"We are proud to be the Berkshire home for America's national treasure Paul Taylor Dance Company," said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. "Mr. Taylor's dazzling, thought-provoking, and entertaining dances are a perfect kickoff to the summer season."

Choreographer Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art of modern dance. Since his origins as a dance maker in 1954, he has offered observations on life's complexities while tackling some of society's thorniest issues, such as war, piety, spirituality, sexuality, morality, and mortality.

Taylor has creating 138 dances since 1954 covering a range of topics, but with recurring themes that include life and death; the natural world and man's place within it; love and sexuality in all gender combinations; and iconic moments in American history.


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The Mahaiwe engagement will mark the end of senior female dancer Amy Young's career with the company. Young is leaving to start a family with her husband, Taylor Company member Robert Kleinendorst.