It’s an exciting prospect that in less than 1 week you could see the Hong Kong Dance Company production of The Legend of Mulan in its first stateside visit. HKDC will be at the David H. Koch Theater from Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th.
Almost on the heels of the HKDC production, the Koch Theater welcomes back Paul Taylor’s company, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance for a nearly month-long stay in its New York spring season. PTAMD will be at the Koch from March 10th through Sunday, March 29th. (More on the programs below.)
Don’t miss either company!
The Legend Of Mulan is a re-telling of a famous Chinese household folktale, most likely familiar to you from the Disney animated feature, “Mulan.” The legend has it that a simple peasant girl disguised herself as a man so she could serve in her aging father’s stead. Mulan acquitted herself admirably in a decade of war, but when she was honored by an invitation to the court, she chose to return to her hometown. Her humble valor is a tribute to traditional Chinese virtues of moral courage and intelligence. In China, where the story of Mulan began as a fifth century poem, it has risen in popularity as a folktale and become widely taught in schools.
Paul Taylor has renamed his dance troupe (formerly simply named Paul Taylor Dance Company) to reflect a broadening in its repertoire. For the first time this season, PTAMD will perform dances from other choreographers alongside Taylor’s works. As usual, there will be Taylor premieres. Sea Lark will be shown in a New York premiere starting with the Wednesday March 11th evening programming, along side Arden Court and Esplanade, and again throughout the season. A world premiere, for the moment entitled New Work, will also show up several times through the month, first on the Friday, March 13th bill.
There will be two “guest works” set alongside Taylor’s own masterpieces to celebrate the great American-bred art form of modern dance.
This season, Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia, created in the 1930s, will be revived with Kent Tritle playing Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor on the organ at each performance. presented by the Limón Dance Company.
In fact, there will be live music for each of the works presented, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by long-time Taylor Music Director, Donald York. Shen Wei Dance Arts, the other “guest” artist, will perform Rite of Spring, in which Shen uses the legendary Stravinsky score, but departs from the Nijinsky version to create a new and original work.