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Choreographer Paul Taylor to participate in dialogue, April 29

Celebrated choreographer Paul Taylor will participate in a conversation with dance historian Maura Keefe on Friday, April 29, as part of the University's Public Lectures Series.

The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers and himself on May 30, 1954, in Manhattan. In the decades since, Taylor has become a living legend and one of history's most celebrated artists. His two dance companies, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2, travel the globe, bringing his repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description.

Taylor's choreography, once deemed experimental, avant-garde and even "painful" to sit through, has become the gold standard of modern dance. The dance company is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Matthews Theatre of the McCarter Theatre Center.

Keefe, who also is a choreographer, is an assistant professor of dance at Ohio University and a scholar-in-residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.

Taylor's conversation is designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lecture and will be available for online viewing a week afterward online.

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