David Taylor, formerly the founder and artistic director of the David Taylor Dance Theatre, Denver’s original contemporary ballet company, is bringing his new company, the Zikr Dance Ensemble, to Pagosa Springs.
Taylor served as the principal choreographer for the company that bore his name for 27 years and during that span the David Taylor Dance Theatre performed at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium on numerous occasions.
Taylor’s lifelong fascination with ritualistic and sacred dance led him to form his new company, the Zikr Dance Ensemble, in 2009.
The Zikr Dance Ensemble offers a spectrum of works that are based on transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures throughout history along with original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations. Zikr’s company roster includes some of Colorado’s finest trained professional ballet dancers and the company has already presented successful Colorado performances to rave reviews in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Carbondale and Parker, as well as in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif.
The Zikr Dance Ensemble will present a program entitled “Sacred Spaces” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may be purchased by calling 731-7469 or online at www.pagosacenter.org.
Master classes from Taylor and dancer Jennifer Begley will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. Each class will be roughly one-and-a-half hours in length and $20 per class. The classes are open to intermediate to advanced students. Taylor will teach a classic ballet class. Begley will teach a Lyrical class which fuses modern dance, jazz and ballet. The first class begins at 1 p.m. and the second will start at 3. Call the Pagosa Center for the Arts to register. Registration is limited.
Employing authentic, colorful and stunning costumes, props and original musical scores, the “Sacred Spaces” performance will feature excerpts from Taylor’s award winning ballets “Anasazi Dream,” “Rainforest”and “Bali Agung,” along with two Gurdjieff sacred movements, one of which was recently staged by internationally-known Gurdjieff movement teacher Amiyo Devienne.
Zikr’s performances have been called, “deeply moving … bringing the ancient to the new millennium…” Critics have hailed Taylor’s, “... depth of spirit and artistic vision, coupled with a degree of creativity that continues to awe.”