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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Friday, March 16, 2018 8:00 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Set and Reset

Choreography by Trisha Brown

One of Trisha Brown’s masterpieces, Set and Reset is a playful exploration of visibility and invisibility, edge and instinct, featuring an original, electronic score by Laurie Anderson and visual design and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg. Propelled by hypnotic rhythms and dressed in luminous fabric, dancers dart and catch each other, while moving in and out of transparent cinematic images. Commissioned by BAM for the 1983 Next Wave Festival, Set and Reset features the fluid movement and sharply defined configurations that became a hallmark of Brown’s work and was hailed by The New York Times as “surely the most beloved and irresistible work of postmodern dance.”

Banquet of Vultures

“Paul Taylor might be the only American choreographer I would trust with the subject of war and Banquet of Vultures is one of his most jarring and effective works… The choice of music is Taylor’s genius stroke… what one might have heard at Abu Ghraib.” – Paul Horsley, Kansas City Star

Promethean Fire

Set to three keyboard works by Bach as richly orchestrated by Stokowski, Promethean Fire examines a kaleidoscope of emotional colors in the human condition. All 16 Taylor dancers, costumed in black, weave in and out of intricate patterns that mirror the way varied emotions weave themselves through life. A central duet depicts conflict and resolution following a cataclysmic event. But if destruction has been at the root of this dance, renewal of the spirit is its overriding message. A program note quotes Shakespeare, from Othello: Promethean fire “that can thy light relume.”

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