Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Opens Spring Season with Taylor
December 10, 2007
A Mid-America Arts Alliance grant and a New England Foundation for the Arts grant
will support the dance company’s visit Jan. 9-13, 2008, as part of the National Endowment
for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance presentation.
The Taylor Dance Company of New York, created by modern dance legend Paul Taylor,
will open the spring season for Texas Tech University’s Presidential Lecture & Performance
The company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11-12, 2008, at the Allen Theatre at Texas
Tech’s Student Union Building. A Mid-America Arts Alliance grant and a New England
Foundation for the Arts grant will support the dance company’s visit Jan. 9-13, 2008,
as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance presentation.
Last year The Taylor Dance Company’s sister company, Taylor 2, spent a week teaching
master classes to students at Lubbock Independent School District schools and Texas
Tech before playing Sept. 29 to a sold-out house.
Wallace Chappell, executive director of Taylor 2 Dance Company, says the 16-member
dance troupe also will participate in educational and outreach activities for students
at Lubbock Independent School District schools and Texas Tech.
"We’re coming back to try to build on last year’s success, at the invitation of President
Whitmore," Chappell said. "These two nights of dancing will include a wide range of
ideas, themes, images and music for each night. It’s an excellent opportunity to see
the work of Paul Taylor, who’s been choreographing for his own company for 53 years."
Paul Taylor has become one of America’s most famous and accomplished choreographers.
Some of his most famous works showcased in this tour include "Musical Offering,"
"Black Tuesday" and "Fiends Angelical."
Mary Jane Hurst, performance series organizer and faculty assistant to the president,
said the Mid-America Arts Alliance and New England Foundation for the Arts grants
made it possible to bring the larger Taylor Dance Company to Texas Tech. That, in
turn, allows the lecture and performance to reach its goal of enriching the lives
of Texas Tech students and the Lubbock community.
"The Taylor Dance Company’s residence represents an enormous and invaluable boost
to the cultural and academic atmosphere on campus and in the community," Hurst said.
"We are confident that our students, faculty, staff and community partners have been
enriched by their engagement with this extraordinary dance group."
Mid-America Arts Alliance enriches communities through cultural experiences throughout
America’s heartland, developing programs and activities that allow more people to
enjoy the arts and cultures of our region and the world, said Mary Kennedy McCabe,
executive director of Mid-America.
"The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at Texas Tech University is to be commended
for its commitment to serving the community with this distinctive event,"
McCabe said. "Audiences in West Texas will have the opportunity to see the exciting
work of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, many for the first time. This is a great example
of the focus we’ve had since 1972. Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to help support
this work and the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at Texas Tech University."
General admission is $10. Students can get two free tickets with a valid student ID
at the ticket booth in the Student Union Building. For tickets and more information,
call Select-a-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or 1-800-735-1288.
CONTACT: Mary Jane Hurst, faculty assistant to the president, Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit www.presidentialseries.ttu.edu