Living dance icons don’t come much larger than Paul Taylor, a choreographer who helped shape the American modern-dance aesthetic and at age 83 shows no signs of slowing down. The “naughty boy of dance” has a broad palette that ranges from light and funny to dark and bleak; either way, he’s a humanist at heart. He deploys a variety of movement styles, so you don’t know quite what to expect when he debuts a new piece, as happens this week as he presents “American Dreamer,” a sardonic work about relationships set to the music of Stephen Foster. The other pieces on the program are also Philadelphia premieres — one of which, “Fibers,” from 1961, set to a score by Arnold Schoenberg, offers the treat of seeing a reconstruction of one of his rarely staged classics.
Thu.-Sat., Oct. 24-26, $20-$55, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, pennpresents.org.