10/3: Paul Taylor Dance Company at EJ Thomas Hall

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When three celestial bodies form a straight line, it’s called syzygy. That’s also the name of one of the dances the Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform tonight. Created in 1987, the piece is the oldest dance in a program that aims to please both fans of and newbies. “Syzygy” is set to big-band music with a Latin beat. Other works on the program are set to similarly engaging but more familiar sounds: Taylor’s “Brandenburgs” is built around J.S. Bach’s well-known concertos, while “Changes” — the newest work on the program, from 2008 — is a flower-power pastiche of the ’60s, set to music by the Mamas and the Papas. Showtime is 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill St., Akron, 330.972.7570, dancecleveland.org). Tickets: $5-$45. — Michael Gill

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