One of America’s most legendary and enduring choreographers, Paul Taylor, is heading back to Providence 50 years after he first performed here. His Paul Taylor Dance Company, which he created in 1954, is coming Feb. 3 as part of the Artistic Icons Series at FirstWorks, a Rhode Island non-profit. The event runs at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and tickets run $28-$150; for info, visit www.first-works.org.
The event will feature the world premier of “The Open Door,” Taylor’s new dance choreographed to composer Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” Another highlight of the night will be the company’s first-ever Rhode Island performance of Taylor’s masterwork, “Esplanade,” performed by members of the Brown University Orchestra and led by its conductor, Paul Phillips.
Premium tickets get you a post-show party with the dancers, along with drinks, desserts and live music. A FirstWorks “Morning After Conversation” over coffee with the company’s principal dancers will be held at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium Feb. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is free if you show your ticket stub from the show the night before, or $10 at the door, $5 for students.