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Sarasota, FL (February 1, 2020) – The Sarasota Ballet proudly presents the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company as it pays tribute to its late founder Paul Taylor with “The Celebration Tour” coming to the FSU Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota, FL from 28 February to 2 March 2020. As part of an international celebration of Taylor – who died in 2018 after helping shape the art of modern dance during his 64-year career – the Company will perform three masterworks from his collection: Cloven Kingdom, Polaris, and Syzygy. In addition, due to sold out performances and audience demand, The Sarasota Ballet has added an additional performance on Monday, 2 March at 7:30pm.

Artistic Director Michael Novak described Mr. Taylor as “The last of the pantheon of choreographers who defined the distinctly American art of modern dance.” He continued, “Taylor was hailed as ‘the master of light and dark’ for good reason: his repertoire of 147 dances covered an unprecedented range. There were dances that took an unflinching look at war, depravity, and death. Other dances were very funny indeed. And many reminded us of the poignancy of uninhibited love and hope. Looking at this man’s oeuvre, and deciding how to honor him, has been at the forefront of my mind. And, in taking a cue from our Founder, I decided to do what has never been done: launch a multi-year global celebration that brings together over twenty masterpieces spanning seven decades in his great repertory. Titled ‘The Celebration Tour,’ it’s an unprecedented opportunity for audiences and students to connect with Paul Taylor’s history like never before.”

“We look forward to presenting some of Mr. Taylor’s greatest works in Sarasota,” said Mr. Novak.

Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet, shares Novak’s enthusiasm for Taylor’s work. “Mr. Taylor had a remarkable ability to capture an extraordinary range of emotions through his choreography. He could plumb the depths of humanity, exposing the most gruesome and unnerving components of our spirit, then turn on a dime and transform the stage into an expression of buoyant, resplendent joy, all with a seamless fluidity. He will be deeply missed by the dance community worldwide, but we are enormously fortunate to be able to celebrate his legacy here in Sarasota with his Company’s performance.”

This Season, The Sarasota Ballet has undertaken its own celebrations of the life and works of Paul Taylor, including open lectures, intimate looks at the rehearsal process behind The Sarasota Ballet’s company premiere of Mr. Taylor’s Brandenburgs, a screening of the documentary Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, and culminating in these performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

This presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company is dedicated in loving memory of Marjorie S. Isaac, on behalf of Dan and Debi Isaac. Marjorie served as a Board member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and was a longtime supporter of the organization.

The Sarasota Ballet’s presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company is sponsored by WEDU.

Tickets are available through or by calling 941.359.0099. For additional information about the performance or for press tickets, please contact Jason Ettore at [email protected]. For interviews, please contact Lisa Labrado at 646.214.5812 or at [email protected].

Leadership funding provided by The SHS Foundation. Major funding provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Shubert Foundation. Public support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. National Touring is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information

28 February – 2 March 2020
FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, 28 February 2020 at 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 2:00pm (LIMITED SEATING)

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 2:00pm (LIMITED SEATING)

Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 7:30pm (LIMITED SEATING)

Monday, 2 March 2020 at 7:30pm (ADDED SHOW)


Choreography by Paul Taylor

Music by Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Cowell, and Malloy Miller

Combined by John Herbert McDowell

Women’s Costumes by Scott Barrie

Headpieces by John Rawlings

Lighting by Jennifer Tipton


Choreography by Paul Taylor

Music composed by Donald York

Set and Costumes by Alex Katz

Lighting by Jennifer Tipton


Choreography by Paul Taylor

Music composed by Donald York

Costumes by Santo Loquasto

Lighting by Jennifer Tipton

About The Sarasota Ballet

Since 1990, the mission of The Sarasota Ballet has been enriching lives, captivating emotions, and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, Executive Director Joseph Volpe, and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international recognition for its diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, as well as the integrity and artistry of its performances. The Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Matthew Bourne, Dame Ninette de Valois, Michel Fokine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. During Webb’s tenure, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as week-long residencies at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York. In May 2017 The Sarasota Ballet performed at the inaugural National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City and in August of 2018 returned to the Joyce Theater for another sold out week-long residency.

About the Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed and sought-after performing arts ensembles. Founded in 1954 by choreographer Paul Taylor, the Company was led by Mr. Taylor until his death at 88 in 2018, after which his hand-chosen successor, Company member Michael Novak, became Artistic Director. The Company performs Mr. Taylor’s repertoire, comprising 147 dances, as well as those by other outstanding modern dance choreographers, and has toured to more than 500 cities in 64 countries around the globe.

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5555 North Tamiami Trail  Sarasota , FL  34243