NEW COMPANY MEMBER ANNOUNCED: REI AKAZAWA JOINS TAYLOR 2
The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest Taylor 2 member, Rei Akazawa.
Ms. Akazawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where she began her ballet training (Royal Academy of Dance), under the direction of Yuko Kojima. She graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, receiving the Gold Key for Excellence.
While a student there, she performed works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Graham Lustig, and Joao Mauricio Carvalho and assisted in teaching and demonstrating Graham Technique Master Classes for Miki Orihara and Alessandra Prosperi.She has danced with H.T. Chen and Dancers, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, and played the role of Eliza in The King and I at Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. She participated in The Taylor School 2012 Summer Intensive and was invited to join Taylor 2 immediately afterward.
Mr. Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that audiences all over the world could see his works. He worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach, and he looked back to the 1954 origins of his larger company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world. Engagements are flexible and are customized to meet the needs of each community. They often include master classes and lecture demonstrations in addition to performances in non-traditional venues as well as theaters.
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