Laguna Dance Festival proudly announces Festival 2017 dates
September 7 – 17, 2017


Paul Taylor Dance Company

Ballet BC

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and Master Classes.
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Dance on Film Screening: Dancemaker: Sept 9 @ 6:00pm

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Included with museum admission
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature, this film is a tribute to Paul Taylor and a look into the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The viewing and moderated discussion is a VIP experience introduced by Professor of Dance at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and former Paul Taylor dance star featured in the film, Patrick Corbin.

Choreographer Paul Taylor is working on a piece called “Piazzolla Caldera.” Director Matthew Diamond captures the debut of Taylor’s new work and explores the personality of the man behind the dance steps. Taylor’s volatile nature often comes out in his interactions with his dancers, but interviews backstage with various sources portray the many sides of his personality.

Backstage with Paul Taylor Dance Company: Sept 13 @ 7:00pm

Photo: Paul B. Goode

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:00pm (Running time: 45 minutes)

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Paul Taylor is recognized one of the most versatile choreographers in history. His dances are inspired by and infused with styles ranging from Martha Graham technique based modern dance to post-modern gestural found movement to lyrically balletic to idiomatic popular fusion. This versatility sets Taylor apart from most choreographers spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

In our on stage rehearsal demonstration, Patrick Corbin will work with two star dancers from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and focus on the three dances the company will be performing. By focusing on duet work from each of the dances being presented he will show the versatility of Taylor’s work. Piazzolla Caldera is an example of Taylor’s venture into idiomatic popular dance with the tango, Arden Court is lyrical and balletic and Esplanade is the ultimate in gesture.

By deconstructing duet work from each of these dances and pointing out the Martha Graham influence fused with the other elements, the audience will gain a deeper understanding of one of the greatest modern dance choreographers.

The Orange County Register

Most Influential 2016: Jodie Gates

Laguna Beach resident Jodie Gates is a former ballet star. She was a celebrated principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. The Sacramento native also works closely with choreographer William Forsythe, setting his dances on companies around the world. Gates is an accomplished choreographer who has created more than 60 works. She founded the Laguna Dance Festival more than a decade ago.

Gates left a tenured position at UC Irvine to become the founding director of an innovative dance school at the University of Southern California. The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, which christened its new building earlier this year, is one of the most significant and innovative dance schools in the country. Forsythe is among its distinguished faculty members.