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 Post subject: Re: Paul Taylor Dance Company 2002-3
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 4:28 pm 
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In the Miami Herald:

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Paul Taylor, marathon man of modern dance, displays his genius

JORDAN LEVIN

Paul Taylor has been creating dances since 1954, one of the very few modern dance choreographers to have survived more than one generation. He's an elder statesman of the art, generally lauded as a genius. <a href=http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/5426238.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2003 3:21 am 
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Leaps of Faith
Based on Othello, Paul Taylor’s monumental new dance spins a tale of jealousy and anguish; it was just one reason why Taylor’s City Center season was such a triumph. By Laura Shapiro for New York Metro


In the last act of Othello, the tormented hero stands over his sleeping wife, whom he believes to be unfaithful, and readies himself to kill her. We know the truth, of course: Desdemona is faultless, but Iago has whipped up Othello’s jealousy in order to destroy him. Gazing at the wife he adores, Othello says in agony, “I know not where is that Promethean heat / That can thy light relume.” In other words, what he’s about to do is horribly final and possibly a huge mistake, but he’s going to do it anyway. From this moment of suffering—suffering that will culminate in catastrophe and make victims of the innocent and guilty alike—Paul Taylor takes the title of his new work, Promethean Fire.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2003 12:49 pm 
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A very short blurb:

<a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/23/PK101183.DTL target=_blank>American moves</a>
Octavio Roca, SF Chronicle


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2003 1:04 pm 
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From the contra Costa Times, a preview.

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Taylor's company dances on
By Robert Taylor
CONTRA COSTA TIMES

THE PAUL TAYLOR Dance Company, for all its success over the past 49 years, leaps onto the stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts tonight as a study in contradictions.

The company was called "the most joyously accessible of all the major moderns" in New York earlier this month, but two of its newest dances bring to mind the recent terrorist attacks and the dark days of the Great Depression.
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 Post subject: Re: Paul Taylor Dance Company 2002-3
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2003 4:07 pm 
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And now a review from the Chronicle. Mine to follow.

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Paul Taylor finds heights, depths in 'Promethean'

Octavio Roca, Chronicle Dance Critic

Taylor set his "Promethean Fire" to Leopold Stokowski's grave, big-band arrangements of organ works by Bach. The piece has 16 dancers, but they look like hundreds as they swirl and soar in sensual counterpoint, dressed by Santo Loquasto in gently striped black unitards. Dizzying straight lines across the stage coalesce ever so briefly into majestic formations, only to disintegrate and splinter into darting figures in full flight.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2003 4:08 pm 
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From the San Jose Mercury News.

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Taylor-made
`PROMETHEAN FIRE' HIGHLIGHTS COMPANY'S S.F. PROGRAM
By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

The Paul Taylor Dance Company opened its annual season in San Francisco on Wednesday with a program that was unusually light, even goofy. Only one work, a new piece, stood out to give the audience a taste of Taylor's brilliance.

The group is at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts until April 6 to perform three different programs which include works drawn from Taylor's 50-year choreographic career as well as new pieces. Program A, performed Wednesday, begins with ``Offenbach Overtures,'' a spoof of ballet, made in 1995.
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Another review:

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Troupe adopts light touch, rekindles interest with 'Fire'

By Anita Amirrezvani
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

The Paul Taylor Dance Company opened its annual season in San Francisco with a program that was unusually light, even goofy. Only one work, a new piece, stood out to give the audience a taste of Taylor's brilliance. <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/5511886.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Paul Taylor Dance Company 2002-3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:26 pm 
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Paul Taylor Dance Company
March 26, 2003
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Program I: Offenbach Overtures
Fields of Grass
Promethean Fire

As one of the most well respected modern dance troupes in America, I had high expectations for this performance. I had not seen this company in a good ten years. There are many new faces on the roster, which brings fresh energy to the company, but also inconsistency of technique in some pieces.

The first piece “Offenbach Overtures” is a send up of all things baroque and ballet. Danced to a series of overtures and dances by Jacques Offenbach, there was wit and whimsy, but the ballet-based movement did not show the company at its technical best. I caught myself wondering if a ballet company could do this little parody better, but decided not, because where a ballet company would get the legs higher, the lines cleaner, and the balances more solid, they would not be able to pull off the satire. In the end that comic ability was what I focused on, along with a few of the stand out dancers. San Francisco native Lisa Viola wins the prize for best character development. Her stilted awkwardness was carried throughout every step of the piece with such reliability that I actually began to wonder if she really danced like that. A scene in which a duel goes hysterically awry was very well acted and danced by Patrick Corbin, Richard Chen See, Michael Trusnovec, and Robert Kleinendorst. The costumes were caricatures of 19th century ballroom fair with tulle skirts and Napoleonic hats over bright red unitards.

“Fields of Grass” struck me as Paul Taylor’s version of the musical “Hair”. Every theme of the ‘60’s was represented: free love, drug use, hallucinogens, bell-bottoms, drug withdrawal, civil disobedience, communing with nature. The music was provided by the songs of Harry Nilsson, a pop-rocker of the age. The costumes consisted of bell-bottom jeans and an assortment of tank tops and bell-baring blouses. Although the choreography was for the most part standard issue Taylor and somewhat uninspired, the dancing was much cleaner and tighter than in the first piece and, ultimately, more joyful. Michelle Fleet, particularly, seemed to grasp the freedom and bliss inherent in the movement.

The last piece, “Promethean Fire”, made up for the disappointments of the first two pieces. The Wednesday night performance was its West Coast premiere. The choreography moved the dancers through an every changing array of kaleidoscope patterns to the most passionate of J.S. Bach’s organ music, orchestrated by Leopold Stowowski. The dancers darted in and out of complicated floor patterns, taking just a moment to soar through the air when the music seemed to drive them to it. This was the best representation of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor I have ever seen. It captured the passion, the gloom, and the velocity in the music. The second section of the piece was a duet for Lisa Viola and Michael Trusnovec that continued the melancholy of the first section and slowed it down with innovative partnering. The finale was a re-examination of the movement themes of the first section and ended with a grand tableau using all 16 dancers in various states of contortion and elevation. This was Paul Taylor at his best and most inspired.

This company is hailed as one of the most accessible of the modern dance companies. And they are. Despite some sloppiness in the first piece, the performance on a whole was first-rate. The company appears to be in transition with many new dancers emerging while the veterans withdraw to behind the scenes. The future still looks exciting.


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More from the Chronicle...

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Wonderful variety from Paul Taylor

Octavio Roca, Chronicle Dance Critic

Something extraordinary is happening at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company has arrived for the first of what San Francisco Performances intends to make an annual season of this extraordinary troupe. The future of American dance is here, and it has a strong Taylor flavor.
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From the SF Bay Gaurdian. I have to admit that any war images were lost on me. Maybe because I am so apolitical.

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War memorials

Two current dance performances confront troubled times.

By Rita Felciano

The chaos and sense of disintegration in Paul Taylor's Promethean Fire (March 26, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater) may or may not have been inspired by the attacks on the World Trade Center, but regardless, its images of piled-up bodies fusing into a war memorial had a shuddering impact.
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 Post subject: Re: Paul Taylor Dance Company 2002-3
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2003 3:32 pm 
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Thanks so much LMC Tech for your thoughts. I wondered how the company was getting along. I remember that last year one of our reviewers was even more impressed with the younger Taylor 2 group, they seemed to have a little more pep than the first company.


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KenCen tribute is Taylor-made
By Jean Battey Lewis for THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Choreographer Paul Taylor's recently created "Promethean Fire" is scheduled to be performed here by his company next week in an unusual evening that pairs the Taylor group with the Houston Ballet in the Kennedy Center's latest bit of inspired programming.

In an evening planned as a tribute to one of the most creative and prolific artists on the scene today, Mr. Taylor's dancers and the classically trained Texas troupe will each perform two of his works, affording a chance to compare how his dynamic movements look when danced by a classical ballet company and his own modern dance group.

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In an interview, Paul Taylor states that his funny, frilly piece 'Offenbach Overtures" was banned in France. :p


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A double-header:

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Behold, on the Eighth Day, Bringing Forth Modern Dance

By ANNA KISSELGOFF, NY Times

WASHINGTON, April 10 — Ballet companies and modern-dance troupes don't usually share an evening, but the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts here is presenting an ingenious double-header through Sunday with the Houston Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
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Taylor's 'Fire' forges a stirring vision
By Jean Battey Lewis for The Washington Times

The stunning climax of the program being shared by the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Houston Ballet at the Kennedy Center this week was the Washington premiere of Mr. Taylor's "Promethean Fire."

It is a work of great formal power and brilliance, but even more important, it achieves a deep emotional resonance.

Given the grandeur and scope of the choreography and the music — orchestral transcriptions of sonorous Bach works — it is not much of a leap in today's climate to link "Promethean Fire" to the cataclysmic events of September 11, but the stirring images of survival and regeneration are relevant in an even larger context.

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