The Paul Taylor Dance Company

San Antonio native Francisco Graciano, a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, says he’s often asked to describe Taylor's style of choreography. ''It can be a tricky question,'' Graciano tells us, ''because what he's creating can range from something very simple such as walking across the stage to something that looks similar to but isn’t exactly ballet.''

Taylor, universally recognized as the last living member of the group of choreographers who created American modern dance, is 83 years old . He continues to explore new territory with the dances he regularly creates, often resulting in significant differences in style from work to work. ''People who come to our shows sometimes ask how many choreographers are there? They'll see three different dances and they all look completely different from each other. That speaks to [Taylor's] virtuosity as a choreographer.''

For its one-night stop in Houston, the first in some ten years, the Company is performing three well-known selections including Esplanade, a piece reportedly inspired when Taylor saw a girl running to catch a bus, and Airs, which features music by Handel.

8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit $25 to $85.
Sat., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2013

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