Arts Watch: Taylor Teen Ensemble to Perform at Open House on Saturday


Taylor Teen Ensemble3The Taylor Teen Ensemble, which is selected by audition only, will be performing ahead of Taylor 2 this Saturday, in a free Open House hosted by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at their studio on Grand Street.  The ensemble, in it’s third year, was started by director Raegan Wood, who came in to run the dance school, which was created after the company moved to it’s new location (lucky for us).

Taylor Teen Ensemble

The company includes teens from ages 13 through 19 and rehearses three times a week.  “It’s a great opportunity for them to experience pieces from Paul’s repertoire. And it’s wonderful to see them striving to perform a master’s work,” says Wood. The young dancers also take classes and work on excerpts from Paul Taylor’s signature dances. They perform at up to a dozen different venues around the city each spring.

Taylor Teen esplanade

The Taylor Teen Ensemble will be at The Joyce Theater on Feb. 14th as part of Martha Graham’s University Partners Showcase. This weekend you can see them perform excerpts from the piece, RUNES, which will be performed in full by the Taylor 2 Company directly following them at 2:00 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.

Paul Taylor’s American Dance Studio is located at 551 Grand St.  For reservations email:

Downtown Arts Groups Band Together After Sandy

Taylor 2 will present a free performance at Abrons Arts Center this weekend. Photo by Tom Caravaglia.

It’s been a terrible week for New York with Hurricane Sandy barreling through, leaving so much destruction. For some of us in the L.E.S. lucky enough to have only lost power and water, it all seems like a time warp—a mere, yet strange, interruption in our everyday lives. But many of our neighbors and friends lost their homes—some even loved ones, and for them the recovery continues.  As I write this, thousands of people in the LES are still without heat or hot water. A lot of us have been helping out, volunteering to assist the elderly and the less fortunate. (Follow the Lo-Down for updates!)

As far as the arts downtown, everything below 34th Street was closed last week.  You may have read about flooding in some of the Chelsea galleries in the NY Times. In our hood alone, the New Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Tenement Museum were shuttered. Abrons Arts Center, La Mama, Drom, The Public and Dixon Place, to name a few theater spaces, were dark and are just now slowly re-opening.  Fortunately, my Arts Watch pick for last week (which wasn’t posted due to the hurricane), Yvonne Rainer and Group at Danspace Project, has been rescheduled for January 24, 25, and 26, 2013.

Taylor 2 – Free Performance at Abrons Today

Taylor 2 "Company B - Rum and Coke" photo by by Tom Caravaglia

Paul Taylor’s Taylor 2 dance company will perform two classic pieces at Abrons Arts Center today.  They write: Taylor 2 will perform Funny Papers and Airs. “Airs” is part of Paul Taylor’s celebrated collection of dances set to baroque music. Although it tells no specific story, “Airs,” with music by Handel, is chock full of movement invention and comments upon relationships, romance and spirituality. “Funny Papers,” with choreography from several Taylor dances amended and combined by Mr. Taylor, is a series of comic vignettes inspired by “the funnies” and set to some of the most popular novelty tunes ever recorded.

There is no advance ticketing for this event. Seating is first-come, first-served.  FREE // Sunday, May 1 // 3pm // 466 Grand Street.

Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Open House – on Sunday

As you might have heard, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has moved to Grand Street. They have put the finishing touches on their new home, the former Lippman Auditorium at 551 Grand Street, and are ready to celebrate with the neighborhood this weekend.  The organization has invited the Lower East Side community to an open house at the new studios this Sunday, Jan. 9th, from noon – 4pm.  We got a sneak peak at the new space:

Paul Taylor Dance Celebrates New Home With Open House

Paul Taylor Dance Company in Promethean Fire – Photo by Lois Greenfield

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is ready to show off their new home in the former Lippman Auditorium at 551 Grand Street.  They have invited the Lower East Side community to celebrate with them in the new studios next Sunday, Jan. 9th, from noon – 4pm.  There will be free performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 during the “Holiday Open House.” Refreshments will be served and guests will have a chance to win merchandise and tickets to the 2011 Season at City Center.

Paul Taylor Celebrates Move to LES With a Free Performance

Esplanade group PBG

Members from The Paul Taylor Dance Company's sister company, Taylor 2, will be celebrating the recent move to our neighborhood with a FREE performance this Sunday at Abrons Art Center, at 2:00pm. The intimate six-member ensemble, was formed in 1993 to bring the signature
works of Paul Taylor to new audiences
"unhindered by economic or technical limitations". Taylor 2 will
perform Esplanade, featuring the music of Bach, and Company B, a piece set to songs by the Andrews Sisters expressing the sentiments of Americans during World War II.  Arrive early for a seat, as they will be first-come, first-served.