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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Roses

Choreography by Paul Taylor  |  Music by Richard Wagner and Heinrich Baermann

Set to music by Richard Wagner and Heinrich Baermann, Roses is a paean to love and relationships in various stages.  Some couples’ duets illustrate youthful ardor and love’s first blush.  A central duet suggests a more mature relationship characterized by support, security and the anticipation of one another’s needs.  Whether these are all distinct relationships or different stages of the same one is for the viewer to decide.

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Choreography by Paul Taylor

Cloven Kingdom

Choreography by Paul Taylor

“Man is a social animal,” said Spinoza. Just below the surface of humans’ civilized veneer lurks an animal nature that cannot be ignored. The scene is a cotillion ball where members of high society are dressed in formal attire – the gentlemen in tailcoats and the ladies wearing gowns and mirrored headpieces. A baroque score vies for dominance with urgent, percussive 20th-Century music, reflecting the struggle between our gentler and more savage natures. As primitive impulses emerge, the women plant seeds and bear progeny, while the men seem no longer to wear tails but bear tails. They prance and stalk on all fours, and their totemic friezes suggest the prehistoric ancestors from whom we have descended. Although the dance ends on a triumphant note with social structures intact, it has become clear that we are not separate from animals, we are animals.  

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