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David Taylor Dance Theater

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents the David Taylor Dance Theatre

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents the David Taylor Dance Theatre

The David Taylor Dance Theatre was founded by choreographer David Taylor in 1979 and remains Colorado’s original professional contemporary ballet company and one of the most innovative in the region. Mr. Taylor’s background and fascination with the metaphysical and ritualistic aspects of dance has created a stunning and thought-provoking identity for the 12-member Denver-based troupe. Critics have lauded the Company as being “polished and emotional” and as “the most ambitious troupe in town”. In 1989 the Colorado Council for the Arts and Humanities cited the DTDT for being “the number one dance organization in the state in terms of achieving success in its artistic mission.” In 1994, Music and Dance Critic Glenn Giffin of the Denver Post stated that “the DTDT has always been the most provocative of the area’s dance companies, tackling themes, subjects and music that no one else touches. It still does.” In March of 1997, Artistic Director David Taylor and his company were a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1999, the DTDT’s new company, culled from national auditions, presented their second annual “Contemporary Classics” program at Loretto Heights in Denver. Marc Shulgold, Music and Dance Critic from Denver’s Rocky Mountain News said, “The Teikyo Loretto Heights stage was filled with powerful performers, exquisite of line, drilled to near-perfection and quite comfortable with even the most extraordinarily demanding piece. Simply put, you have to see the new Taylor company to believe it.”

 

In 2006, James Wallace, former dancer and choreographer in residence with DTDT, took over as Artistic Director. Mr. Wallace had just returned from dancing with Company C Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco and was ready for a change of pace. His exciting and innovative vision matches that of David Taylor and yet brings a freshness to the company. David Taylor has said the company has never looked sharper and the repertoire is brilliantly put together. Mr. Wallace has been lauded as a “daring and original dancemaker” (Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News) and his choreography has been described as “vibrant, innovative and richly diverse….. one of the brightest new choreographers on the horizon.” (Glenn Giffen, The Denver Post) He has also created works for the Colorado Ballet, American National Ballet, Boulder Ballet and Ballet Nouveau. The Ballet Builders award for new choreography was given to Mr. Wallace by New Choreographers on Point and his piece, Suspect Lines, was given a New York City premiere. Mr. Wallace’s dynamic vision is taking the company in an incredible direction and upcoming performances are not to be missed.

The Company has been presented and sponsored by such major Denver metropolitan entities as the Arvada Center, the Littleton Town Hall and Aurora Fox Arts Centers, The City and County of Denver, Norwest, Coors, the Denver Ballet Guild, the ArtReach Festival of Trees, the Rose Foundation, the Museum of Outdoor Arts, the University of Denver, KVOD Radio, the Colorado Performing Arts Festival, and First Night Colorado. In addition, the DTDT has performed through invitation at the Telluride and Colorado Dance Festivals, at the Colorado Choreographer’s Showcase, at the Golden, Lakewood, Douglas County and Cherry Creek Arts Festivals, at the Norwest Culture Fest, by Foothills Parks and Recreation District, the Norwest Arts on Stage summer productions, and at the Sacred Dance Guild’s 30th Anniversary National Convention held in Denver in 1988.

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