Five Great Performances of National and International touring companies come to Telluride



The Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts is once again gearing up to present an entertaining and electric season of live shows. The 2012-13 “Live at the Palm” season promises fun for all ages: well-established companies of modern dancers and famous, awe-inspiring acrobats, amazing, athletic canines and vintage silent films set to live music.

The season starts in September with a performance of the Taylor 2 dance company.  This small company packs a big punch as Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his work. Several of the dances performed by Taylor 2 have been re-worked from the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s version to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them.

“Inclusion in Taylor 2 is a major achievement and a significant rite of passage in the dance world…Taylor 2 is just as strong as the main company, in different ways.  They’re really exciting and they bring freshness to their work that can’t be duplicated,” said The Aspen Times.

December at the Palm brings two great shows, and traditionally the holiday shows sell out. First up, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Mixing breathtaking acrobatics, stunning aerial feats with spectacular costumes and contemporary theatrical techniques, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present a show that is at once thrilling and spellbindingly beautiful.



The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, a troupe of talented dogs and cats, and the occasional goose,  rounds out the holiday entertainment. The show offers family-oriented fun blending the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. The Circus Fans Association of America awarded Popovich its 2009 Entertainer of the Year award for his “unique and most enjoyable performance” and the Comedy Pet Theatre was voted Best New Family Show in Las Vegas.

Diavolo, an inventive company comprised of dancers, gymnasts and actors who creatively interact with outrageous and surrealistic sets, grace the Palm stage in January. Performing with astounding athleticism and infinite grace, Diavolo Dance Company appears to defy gravity, using a variety of larger-than-life structures and props to push the limits of the human body.

The Palm finishes the season in February with the Hot Club of San Francisco. This hugely popular West Coast ensemble offers a magical evening that showcases their unique brand of gypsy jazz, offering a set of music and then segueing into Cinema Vivant, a music/movie combo of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Featured films include “There It Is” (Charley Bowers), “The Cameraman’s Revenge” (Ladislaw Starewicz0.

In addition to the live shows, the Palm is excited to once again be presenting the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012-13 season of twelve transmissions.With the Palm’s big screen and Dolby® surround sound, and the Met’s behind-the-scenes extras, one feels as if they are not only a part of the live audience, but a patron with a back-stage pass.

For a complete listing of the Palm’s schedule or to purchase tickets, please visit www.telluridepalm.com or call 970.369.5669.

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