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March 20, 2013 Tannersville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Catskill Mountain Foundation Launches Orpheum Dance Festival

Features Teaching and Performance Residency
by World Renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and
Launches Live Music with Dance Initiative


Tannersville, NY, March 20 – The Catskill Mountain Foundation (CMF) announced today the launch of its inaugural Orpheum Dance Festival at the new Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, New York. The theater, designed by acclaimed theater architect Hugh Hardy, provides a rare combination of state-of-the-art proscenium dance stage with splendid acoustics. The festival’s centerpiece is a performance by the world renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company on May 22, which complements a larger three-week performance residency by Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company (Taylor 2) from May 6 to May 26, 2013

Highlights of the residency include two evenings of dance performances accompanied by live music. On May 11 at 7:00 p.m. the outreach and education wing of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Taylor 2, will perform Airs (1978, music by G.F. Handel), Junction (1961, music by Johann Sebastian Bach), Lento Duet (1967, music by Franz Josef Haydn), and Taylor’s renowned Esplanade (1975, music by Johann Sebastian Bach). On May 22 at 7:00 p.m., the Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Kith and Kin (1987, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Scudorama (1963, music by Clarence Jackson), and Brandenburgs (1988, music by Johann Sebastian Bach).

These Orpheum Dance Festival performances launch the Live Music for Dance initiative and feature dances specially selected by dance maker Paul Taylor. Select musical works will be performed for the first time ever with a Baroque orchestra of period instruments. The distinguished orchestra American Virtuosi will provide live accompaniment, conducted by harpsichordist Kenneth Hamrick. This dance initiative will foster collaboration with the festival’s guest companies and the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum, led by Kenneth Hamrick as Artistic Director, in showcasing dance with live music in various genres.

On May 18 at 2:00 p.m., the Concerts and Conversations series at the Piano Performance Museum hosts Taylor 2 dancers led by Rehearsal Director Ruth Andrien to discuss and perform examples of the “Musical-Choreographic Language of Paul Taylor.” Artistic Director Kenneth Hamrick will provide accompaniment on historic instruments from the world class collection of period playable pianos, ranging from the 18th century to the present.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Spring Dance Intensive
As part of the three week residency, from May 11 to 26, Taylor 2 will lead a two week dance intensive for young dance professionals and conduct workshops for local students in the Catskill community. The Spring Dance Intensive provides local dance students and young professionals the opportunity to hone their skills and showcase their talents. Students are required to be of an intermediate to advanced level of ballet or modern dance training.

The intensive classes and workshops will introduce student dancers to the Paul Taylor style through daily technique and repertoire classes. The residency will also include lectures on the history of Paul Taylor’s work and his company. Student dancers will have the opportunity to perform side by side with Taylor 2 dancers on the stage of the Orpheum Performing Arts Center on May 25 at 7:00pm. For more information on how to apply and participate in the Young Professionals Dance Program, please visit www.catskillmtn.org

Complete performance information is listed below, including details on ticket prices and availability.  Go to www.catskillmtn.org for the most up to date schedule and to purchase tickets.

About Orpheum Dance Festival
The Orpheum Dance Festival hosts professional dance companies in performance, education and community outreach programs and supports development of new work. This inaugural season, supported by the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Presenters Network, represents a broad range of companies including: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Dance, one of the nation's premiere flamenco and Spanish dance companies (April 13); Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance with American Virtuosi (July 15-21); BALAM Balinese Dance-Theater (July 1-12); National Dance Institute Mountaintop Residency (July 27); and the newly established resident Orpheum Academy of Dance (May 26).

About Catskill Mountain Foundation
The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s (CMF) mission is to provide educational opportunities in the arts for youth and lifelong learners, to bring the experience of the arts to the Catskill community, and to support artists and art organizations in the development of their work through residencies. Since it’s founding in 1998, CMF has presented hundreds of music, dance and theater performances; screened over 1,000 films to tens of thousands of audience members; provided studio arts classes to thousands of students of all ages; and served thousands of art loving patrons in their gallery and bookstore.

Since 1998, CMF has raised, generated and invested close to $15 million in facility development and an excess of $30 million in programming and operations, for a total investment in the Catskill community of over $45 million. CMF believes that the arts can transform the lives of those touched by it, and can transform the community. For more information, please visit www.catskillmtn.org.


About the Paul Taylor Dance Company
The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company sets the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. Since the company’s founding in 1954, Mr. Taylor has choreographed 138 dances, many of which have attained iconic status and have been celebrated throughout the world. The Company has performed in more than 524 cities and 64 countries. Mr. Taylor continues to create at least two new works a year for his 16-member Company. His autobiography, Private Domain, was published in 1987, and his book of essays, Facts and Fancies, was published in 2013. The Company was the subject of the documentary film “Dancemaker,” nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. Mr. Taylor has achieved countless accolades, including two of our nation’s highest artistic distinctions: the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. www.ptdc.org

About Taylor 2
Mr. Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that audiences all over the world could see his works. He worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach, and he looked back to the 1954 origins of his larger company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world. Engagements are flexible and are customized to meet the needs of each community. They often include master classes and lecture demonstrations in addition to performances in non-traditional venues as well as theaters. www.ptdc.org

Program Information
Performances at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street (Route 23A), Village of Tannersville, NY

Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Taylor 2 Dance Company

Airs (1978, music by G.F. Handel), Junction (1961, music by Johann Sebastian Bach), Lento Duet, (1967, music by Franz Josef Haydn), and Esplanade (1975, music by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Paul Taylor Dance Company

Kith and Kin (1987, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Scudorama (1963, music by Clarence Jackson) and Brandenburgs (1988, music by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Taylor 2 Dance Company Residency Performance

Selected Paul Taylor choreography performed by Taylor 2 and students who have participated in the residency program

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Doctorow Center for the Arts, Piano Performance Museum
7971 Main Street (Route 23A), Village of Hunter, NY

Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Concerts & Conversations, Taylor 2 and Ruth Andrien with Kenneth Hamrick

Musical-Choreographic Language of Paul Taylor


Ticket Information
Tickets are available to purchase online at www.catskillmtn.org or by calling the box office at 518-263-2063.


Tickets for the May 11 and May 22 performances are priced at $23 for adults, $18 for seniors, $7 for students if purchased ahead. On the evening of the performances, tickets are priced at $27, $21 for seniors, $7 for students.


Tickets for the May 25 performance are priced at $10. Tickets for Concerts & Conversations on May 18 are $10, $7 for students.     

Media Contacts
Carolyn Bennett, CMF               
518 263-2050 | bennettc@catskillmtn.org


Ben Trounson, Finn Partners
212 593 6307 | ben.trounson@finnpartners.com

Lisa Labrado, Paul Taylor Dance Company
646.214.5812 | ll@ptdc.org

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