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Cecil Taylor and Dance

Sat, Apr 16, 2016
2 pm

Floor Five, Kaufman Gallery

Cecil Taylor has worked with some of the most prominent dancers of his generation, and frequently compares his physical performance style to the movements of modern dance. Taylor’s important collaborators Cheryl Banks-Smith, Dianne McIntyre, Heather Watts, and Min Tanaka convene for this afternoon conversation on dance, jazz, and improvisatory movement.

About the panelists
Cheryl Banks-Smith is Associate Professor of Dance at Pasadena City College and a former dancer who toured with Taylor in the 1980s.

Dianne McIntyre is an Emmy-nominated choreographer, dancer, and founder of the troupe Sounds in Motion, which performed with Taylor in the 1970s and 1980s, notably in "Eye of the Crocodile" (1982) at Judson Church.

Heather Watts was a principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet and a protégé of George Balanchine who performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov in "Tetra Stomp: Eatin' Rain in Space," composed by Taylor.

Min Tanaka is a renowned Japanese dancer and choreographer who performed with Taylor across Japan in the late 1980s; at a site-specific performance for the Guggenheim in 1994; and at a ceremony recognizing Taylor’s receipt of the 2013 Kyoto Prize.

Free with Museum admission.

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