THE MUSIC CENTER KICKS OFF ITS 20TH DANCE SEASON WITH WORLD-RENOWNED PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY ON APRIL 28 – 30
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center Returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Two Iconic Dances and the World Premiere of Dreamachine by Paul Taylor Dance Company Resident Choreographer Lauren Lovette Residency Includes an Evening of Ideas and Conversation Open to the Public 'How Is Art a Weapon In War?' on April 25, 2023, Produced in Association with Zócalo Public Square on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center, Inspired by the Anti-War and Political Messaging in Two of Paul Taylor Dance Company's Works
March 9, 2023
LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2023) - The Music Center launches its 20th season of Glorya Kaufman
Presents Dance at The Music Center with the return of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the
most famous and dynamic dance ensembles in the world. The residency will include performances in
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and an evening of ideas and conversation open to the
public produced in partnership with Zócalo Public Square, among other experiences. Under the
leadership of Artistic Director Michael Novak, the company will present two timely and
thought-provoking works, Company B and The Green Table, both of which address the impact of war,
along with the world premiere of Dreamachine by Lauren Lovette, former principal dancer with New
York City Ballet and now Paul Taylor Dance Company's first resident choreographer.
Patrons for the April 30th matinee performance will be invited to attend a pre-show discussion,
beginning at 1 p.m., with Novak and Lovette at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion's Stern Grand Hall.
Additionally, to engage and inspire students and educators with dance and movement, The Music
Center will present a special matinee performance and discussion of The Green Table for middle
school and high school students on Friday, April 28, and provide up to 20 high school dancers with
the invaluable opportunity to attend a master class on choreography taught by Lovette on Saturday,
"We are thrilled to kick off Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center's 20th season of
dance residencies with the return of Paul Taylor Dance Company, which debuted at The Music Center's
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion more than three decades ago. This time, we have the enviable opportunity
to experience the world premiere of a highly anticipated work created by the company's first
resident choreographer," said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. "In addition,
Paul Taylor Dance Company's performances of two iconic dances that overtly convey and challenge the
notions of war will undoubtedly stir high emotions among audience members. We will complement that
work by partnering with Zócalo to offer the public a free, dynamic panel of speakers who will
explore the possibilities and the limits of war-inspired art, which is particularly relevant
Through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters, Company B juxtaposes the energy and enthusiasm
America exhibited in the early 1940s with the human toll of a young nation drawn into the Second
World War. A seminal piece of Americana during a turbulent era, the dance focuses on poignant
dualities: The songs depict a nation surging with high spirits with millions of men bidding
farewell to their wives or girlfriends; however, many of the soldiers would never return from
battle. As Laura Shapiro wrote in Newsweek, the piece "evokes the exuberant rhythms of the ʽ40s as
well as the grim and persistent shadow of war. But even more vividly, it honors Taylor's
magnificent dancers. Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere."
Dreamachine, Lovette's new work, is set to the music of Michael Daugherty's 2014 scintillating
eponymous percussion concerto. The 30-minute score, divided into three movements, takes audiences
on a journey of humankind's wonderment with new machines and the inventors who make them.
Drawing inspiration from the music, but not married to literal interpretation, Lovette creates
three distinct worlds that highlight both the beauty and ferocity of the Taylor dancers.
"Dreamachine is my playground," said Lovette. "I imagine and explore a world of its own, one the
dancers bring to life. The sense of exploration I experience with this piece is as far as it is
wide- sometimes it feels like I'm landing on different planets, sometimes it feels like I'm caught
in a time warp and I'm a child again, about to launch my imagination into its own universe."
Lovette adds: "For many years I've thought about invention and what compels someone to dream up a
device-a machine?-that can change everything. From the smallest creations to the wildest
imaginings, invention makes us a nation of dreamers. That dreamer is now me. And those ideas have
come together in three movements set to a percussion concerto by Michael Daugherty that go from
stillness to lushness, from the sparkling night sky to deep underwater. I love what this work does
for the dreamer inside of me. And, I hope, for the dreamer inside you."
The Green Table, considered one of the most influential dance works of the 20th Century, features
military themes and political messaging that will resonate deeply with audiences who have
experienced the travesties of warfare and loss. Created by German choreographer Kurt Jooss between
the World Wars and during the ascent of the Nazi movement, the dance is acclaimed for its message
of the futility and inequities of war. Subtitled A Dance of Death in Eight Scenes, The Green Table takes audiences
through the stages of war, from political negotiations to the battlefront and ultimately to the
horrific aftermath, with death ever-present and steering the fate of mankind. With timeless designs
by Hein Heckroth and Hermann Mankard, music by Fritz Cohen and live accompaniment of two pianists,
The Green Table remains as transformative, and, unfortunately, as relevant today as when it
premiered 90 years ago.
Complementing the dance performances, The Music Center will partner with Zócalo Public Square to
host an evening of ideas and conversation, How Is Art a Weapon In War?, on Tuesday, April 25, 2023,
at 7:00 p.m., outdoors on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning
author Viet Thanh Nguyen, the discussion will address the long and global tradition of
artists-visual, performing, literary-who create arresting, beautiful works that address the horrors
of war, and the impact that these artworks have on society. Panelists will include Paul Taylor
Dance Company Artistic Director Michael Novak; artist, filmmaker and writer Gelare Khoshgozaran;
Kinsey African American Art & History Collection and Foundation COO and Chief Curator Khalil
Kinsey; and Pussy Riot creator Nadya Tolokonnikova. The discussion will also be streamed live
online at youtube.com/zocalopublicsquare.
The public is highly encouraged to RSVP for the evening of ideas and conversation at
Tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company's performances are available for purchase now by visiting
musiccenter.org/paultaylor or calling (213) 972-0711. The Music Center's Ticket Buyer Assurance
Program protects all advance ticket purchases for dance presentations through 2023. Ticketed
patrons will receive, at their request, a full refund or a credit for a future performance if Los
Angeles County or the State of California elects to restrict or prohibit large gathering events at
venues, resulting in the cancellation by The Music Center of dance performances due to
COVID-19-related conditions. If an event is postponed or rescheduled, ticketed patrons will be
moved automatically to the new performance date; however, patrons may request a refund or credit
for the future. All changes must be handled prior to the purchaser's scheduled performance date.
While The Music Center strongly encourages the use of masks on its campus, it no longer requires
the use of masks or proof of vaccination/booster for access to its theatres. The Music Center
remains committed to the highest standards of safety, sanitation and security to minimize risk for
guests, artists and employees. Visit musiccenter.org/safety for information about The Music
Center's continued safety and security measures.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
directives, The Music Center worked behind-the-scenes during the pandemic to prepare for the return
of live performances in its venues, both indoors and outdoors, by implementing new measures and
procedures. The Music Center became the first performing arts organization in the nation to earn
the UL Verified Healthy Buildings Mark for Indoor Air and Water Quality. The Music Center underwent
an extensive assessment process to earn the verification, demonstrating that each of its four
venues, Grand Park's administrative office and The Music Center Annex, has excellent quality for
indoor air and water. Additionally, The Music Center has enhanced all cleaning procedures,
installed hand sanitizer more dispensers in all public spaces and created a contact-free experience in its public restrooms as
well as instituted electronic ticketing and a digital program book, among other measures.
Paul Taylor Dance Company Friday, April 28, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Last company appearance at The Music Center: 2021
Opus number: 96
Music: Songs sung by the Andrews Sisters Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Date first performed: June 20, 1991
Dreamachine (World Premiere) Music: Michael Daugherty Choreography: Lauren Lovette
Set and costumes: Santo Loquasto Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
The Green Table
Book and choreography: Kurt Jooss Music: F.A. Cohen
Costumes: Hein Heckroth
Masks and lighting design: Hermann Markard Staging and supervision: Jeanette Vondersaar Co-staging
and repetiteur: Claudio Schellino Lighting directed by: Berry Claassen
About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, a TMC Arts program, is one of the leading
presenters of dance on the West Coast. The celebrated series offers significant works by
prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world. Now entering its 20th
year, Dance at The Music Center is a powerful force, supporting new works and artists-in-residence
projects by today's most influential companies and choreographers. Performances take place
throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre and the iconic
Walt Disney Concert Hall, on the Jerry Moss Plaza and in locations around the Los Angeles area. The
20th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is generously supported by Glorya
Kaufman Foundation, Center Dance Arts, Dorothy B. Chandler Program Fund and Elisabeth Katte Harris.
About Center Dance Arts
Center Dance Arts is a dynamic community of patrons with a passion for dance. Center Dance Arts
members bring dance to life in Los Angeles by promoting The Music Center's world-class dance
performances, extensive educational outreach and free and low-cost community experiences so all may
experience the transformative power of dance. For more information, visit musiccenter.org/cda.
About The Music Center
The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural
lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The $70 million non-profit performing arts
organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, The Music Center's programming
engine, provides year- round programming inside The Music Center's four theatres, on Jerry Moss
Plaza, outside at Grand Park-a 12-acre adjacent green space-in schools and other locations all over
Los Angeles County and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Arts presents
world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public
concerts and events, as well as live and digital K–12 arts education programs, workshops,
performances, interactive experiences and special events. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza
and Grand Park, which comprise $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of the County of Los Angeles.
The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies-Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music
Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.
About Paul Taylor Dance Company
One of the most iconic and dynamic modern dance ensembles of our time, the Paul Taylor Dance
Company has been innovating and transforming the art form of modern dance since 1954. With a
history of multidisciplinary collaborations, passionate expression and thrilling athleticism, the
Company is known worldwide for its vast repertory, performing work from the Founder's canon; new
works created by some of today's most engaging and established choreographers; and important
historical dance from the 20th and 21st centuries. Dedicated to sharing modern dance with the
broadest possible audience, the Company tours annually, both domestically and internationally, with
performances and a variety of educational programs and engagement offerings. paultaylordance.org