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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:00 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Musical Offering

Choreography by Paul Taylor  |  Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

In 1747, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, asked J.S. Bach to compose a fugue based on the king’s own music; Bach responded with A Musical Offering, built entirely on that “excellently beautiful” royal theme. Some 240 years later, unfazed by how revered Bach’s final chamber work had become, Paul Taylor used it as the score for one of his most profound dances: a requiem. A woman whose life is being celebrated introduces the work’s movement vocabulary, the primitive look of which was inspired by wood sculptures from New Guinea. The ensemble mourns her imminent passing by rocking, their arms crossed at times in the ancient burial pose. In the poignant climactic duet, the woman’s partner tries desperately to prevent her leave-taking. A final glorious lift propels her ascent to the afterlife.

Bryan Arias New Work

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

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