When: Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. 2015
Dance St. Louis celebrates its 50th anniversary with two performances from the prestigious Paul Taylor Dance Company, a sixteen-member group founded in 1954 by one of the icons of American dance. The program includes three works choreographed by Taylor: The mythologically inspired Mercuric Tidings; an exploration of recollection, Three Dubious Memories; and the tango-flavored Piazzolla Caldera. The inspirations for Taylor's creative works are drawn from America's cultural history, and through them he addresses our complex relationship with war, spirituality and sexuality — often in unexpected, comical ways. The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (October 2 and 3) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org). Admission is $30 to $50.