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 Post subject: Paul Taylor Dance Company - City Center 2006
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:17 pm 
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Death Wears a Crisp Black Suit
By ROSLYN SULCAS
The New York Times
February 26, 2006
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One of the latest pieces to put the horrors of combat center stage is Paul Taylor's "Banquet of Vultures," one of two New York premieres to take place during the Paul Taylor Dance Company's City Center season, which opens on Tuesday night.
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As in Kurt Jooss's seminal antiwar ballet from 1932, "The Green Table," the central figure in "Banquet of Vultures" is Death — here a man in a crisp black suit and a red tie — who leads a group of soldiers to their doom as society shatters around them.
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Mr. Taylor is open about the work's links to "The Green Table." "There is an homage to Kurt Jooss in there," he said, "a direct quote of the walk with the heel coming down sharply that he has Death do.
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Death Wears a Crisp Black Suit
by ROSLYN SULCAS for the New York Times

"This is the first time Paul has ever told us what a dance is about," said John Tomlinson, general manager of the Taylor company for 14 years. "Usually he is much more abstract. I wonder if he is feeling that he has reached a point of desperation with what's going on."

published: February 26, 2006
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A New Season Arrives With a Paul Taylor Premiere
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

There are lots of patterns for the seven men and seven women. Choral intertwinings, the elevation of the group over any mere individual, are one of Mr. Taylor's great strengths; they help make him a democratic artist. As befits the title, there are all manner of rounds and circles, although there also is a central couple — Lisa Viola and Sean Mahoney — who seem to be the celebrators, or the celebrated, in this particular pastoral ritual. "Spring Rounds" is sweet and charming, and not to be damned for its innocent inconsequentiality.

published: March 2, 2006
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 Post subject: Paul Taylor at City Center Programs
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Tuesday, February 28, 7:00PM Spring Rounds / Lost, Found and Lost / Mercuric Tidings
Wednesday, March 1, 8:00 PM Dandelion Wine / From Sea to Shining Sea / Mercuric Tidings
Thursday, March 2, 8:00 PM Spindrift / Oh, You Kid! / Promethean Fire
Friday, March 3, 8:00 PM Oh, You Kid! / Banquet of Vultures / Cascade
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 PM Spindrift / From Sea to Shining Sea / Cascade
Saturday, March 4, 8:00 PM Spring Rounds / Lost, Found and Lost / Mercuric Tidings
Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM Arabesque / From Sea to Shining Sea / Mercuric Tidings

Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 PM Spring Rounds / Dust / Esplanade
Wednesday, March 8, 8:00 PM Dandelion Wine / Dust/ Brandenburgs
Thursday, March 9, 8:00 PM Speaking in Tongues / Esplanade
Friday, March 3, 10:00 PM Spring Rounds / The Word / Cascade
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 PM Arabesque / Nightshade / Esplanade
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 PM Spindrift / Banquet of Vultures / Brandenburgs
Sunday, March 12, 3:00 PM Oh, You Kid! / Banquet of Vultures / Cascade

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 PM Dream Girls / Banquet of Vultures / Brandenburgs
Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 PM Speaking in Tongues / Spring Rounds
Thursday, March 16, 8:00 PM Dream Girls / The Word / Brandenburgs
Friday, March 17, 10:00 PM Speaking in Tongues / Esplanade
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 PM Dandelion Wine / Lost, Found and Lost / Mercuric Tidings
Saturday, March 18, 8:00 PM Arabesque / Nightshade / Promethean Fire
Sunday, March 19, 3:00 PM Spring Rounds / Dust / Esplanade


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 Post subject: Proud Death Stalks the Stage, Sandwiched by Bits of Fun
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By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: March 4, 2006
It is a cliché of commentary about Paul Taylor that his works are divided between light and dark. As if to prove that even the hoariest clichés sometimes reflect the simple truth, Mr. Taylor's two New York premieres in his winter season at City Center season epitomize the dichotomy. "Spring Rounds," seen at the opening-night gala on Tuesday, was light. "Banquet of Vultures," introduced last night, is dark. Very dark

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 Post subject: Living their love onstage - and off
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BY APOLLINAIRE SCHERR
SPECIAL TO NEWSDAY

March 2, 2006


As members of the internationally renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, Heather Berest and Orion Duckstein spend half the year on tour.

When the couple is home, at the brick Colonial in Port Washington they bought two years ago, they relish having more than one room. Berest loves the cardinals and finches at the birdfeeder on the deck. Soon she'll love walking to work.

After this season,

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By CLIVE BARNES

March 2, 2006 --

PAUL Taylor is many things to many people — including, probably, Paul Taylor, for his work frequently seems a struggle between some psychological Jekyll and some psychopathic Hyde.

To people interested in dance, however, what he is mainly is the world's greatest living choreographer.

He demonstrated it Tuesday night when his 51-year-old troupe, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, opened

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Presaging Spring
A master choreographer digs into darkness and bounces into light
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Taylor's new dark piece, Banquet of Vultures, is very dark indeed. At first all we can see are little lights, like candle flames, scooting about in blackness. Throughout, Jennifer Tipton's lighting creates the feeling that things we can't quite make out lurk in the corners. It's almost impossible to identify individuals and gender among the roiling figures in their identical rouched gray jumpsuits. Santo Loquasto's costumes allude to metaphoric blindness: Veiling that from a distance looks helmet-like covers the dancers' heads; it also covers their eyes. When three people, possibly women, cluster squirming, we imagine animals sticking together for support. When three others (men this time) clump in the same spot, they start shoving and fighting. The battle mode may have been induced by the appearance of a man wearing a blue business suit with a red tie.

published: March 7, 2006
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Sailing Calmly and at Warp Speed Through Water and Fire
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

Three performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week at City Center, suggest that it may be Mr. Taylor's dancers. Tall, short, rail-thin or chubby, they look like people you could sit with on a stoop on a spring day to observe the passing scene in companionable silence. They are family.

published: March 11, 2006
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From Sunny to Dark to a Loving Flourish
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

Blandly evoking Classical Greece and set to music of Debussy, it is an ensemble piece, except that Heather Berest (busy all afternoon) has a nice solo in the "Syrinx" section.

published: March 13, 2006
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Paul Taylor as Humorist, Theatricalist and Artist
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

Three of those personae were present in Thursday night's program. One was the lazily goofy humorist of Mr. Taylor's amiable but insubstantial "Dream Girls." Another was the master theatricalist of the darkly powerful work "The Word." And then there was the artist who suddenly and unexpectedly brought you close to tears with a revelation, here in "Brandenburgs," of the majesty of dance and dancers.

published: March 18, 2006
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