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Called the “naughty boy” of dance by Martha Graham, 80-year-old Paul Taylor has never shied from controversy. The last surviving pioneer of modern dance, Taylor has challenged audiences for six decades through his exploration of such themes as incest, marital rape, and religious zealotry. As he returns to the city of his youth with his signature dance company, the octogenarian should prove he’s lost none of his bite. The three pieces he’s choreographed—“Three Dubious Memories,” “Brief Encounters,” and “Also Playing”—explore a love triangle, sex without romance, and the heyday of vaudeville, complete with striptease. Not everyone mellows with age.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22-$65. (202) 467-4600.