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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:30 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Arden Court

Choreography by Paul Taylor

One of the exuberant dances from Mr. Taylor’s highly acclaimed collection of works set to baroque music.  Music by William Boyce accompanies a look at three kinds of relationships: supportive, competitive and flirtatious. “One of the few great art works created in [the 20th] century… exploring a new movement field of love and relationship.  The women dance into the men’s arms as if Shakespeare had only written Romeo and Juliet the day before yesterday.  One of the seminal works of our time… something extraordinary in the history of dance.” – New York Post

Bryan Arias New Work

Esplanade

Choreography by Paul Taylor  |  Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

An esplanade is an outdoor place to walk; in 1975 Paul Taylor, inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus, created a masterwork based on pedestrian movement. If contemporaries Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg could use ordinary “found objects” like Coke bottles and American flags in their art, Taylor would use such “found movements” as standing, walking, running, sliding and falling.  The first of five sections that are set to two Bach violin concertos introduces a team of eight dancers brimming with Taylor’s signature youthful exuberance. An adagio for a family whose members never touch reflects life’s somber side.  When three couples engage in romantic interplay, a woman standing tenderly atop her lover’s prone body suggests that love can hurt as well as soothe.  The final section has dancers careening fearlessly across the stage like Kamikazes. The littlest of them – the daughter who had not been acknowledged by her family – is left alone on stage, triumphant: the meek inheriting the earth.

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