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Paul Taylor
American Modern Dance

Saturday, March 24, 2018 2:00 PM

Location: David H. Koch Theater

Changes

Choreography by Paul Taylor

The 1960s began in a spirit of unbridled optimism, with Americans electing the youngest President ever. That optimism was short-lived, dashed by assassinations, race riots and the nation’s tragic involvement in the Vietnam War. Changes revisits that time through songs of the iconic folk/rock group, The Mamas and The Papas. The opening section reveals snippets of popular dance steps as an announcer introduces the vocal group at a rock concert. After we’re reminded that this was the era of “free love,” the dance grows dark with sections about an impending earthquake, hallucinogenic drugs and the growing radicalization of young people as they defied authority and embraced liberation movements. In a dream sequence, a boy learning from a father figure hurts himself and is comforted by the older man. The dance climaxes with an anthem of the era, “California Dreamin’”, uniting the disillusioned young people. A program note states that while we remember the turbulent ’60s as unique, in fact they were not – 40 years later the country is again involved in an unpopular war amid demands for change, indicating that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Continuum

Choreography by Lila York  |  Music by Vivaldi

Continuum is a new work by choreographer Lila York, commissioned through “Taylor Company Commissions” and made on the Taylor dancers. Continuum is set to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” recomposed by Max Richter. It is an abstract work in nine sections that offer images of contemporary life in a fraught world. It is about finding peace in a hostile environment.

Gossamer Gallants

Choreography by Paul Taylor

With movement inspired by blue-bottle flies, dragonflies and other insects, the comedic dance compares mating rituals of the insect world with that of humans. Male insects become aroused by females, who they begin to court. But the females prove to be predatory partners that do in their suitors.

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