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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Friday, March 23, 2018 8:00 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Doug Varone New Work

Eventide

Choreography by Paul Taylor

“The American spirit soars when Taylor’s dances and dances meet, but rarely has it reached the sublime heights of this piece. It is a paean to remembered love, with couple after couple looking back even as they embrace an unknown future… It is bittersweet but, typical for Taylor, also optimistic and uplifting. An American masterpiece.” – Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle

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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