Dance is music in motion which has “charms to soothe the savage breast.”
Paul Taylor Dance Company with the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, at the David H. Koch Theater through April 3rd, manifests the catharsis of which Congreve spoke with every leap across the big stage.
A program of Spindrift (1993,) Images (1977) and Promethean Fire (2002) speaks to the human connection with a religious awe. The trio of Taylor pieces is devoid of humbug, of course, but each looks at man’s existence relative to community (Spindrift), idols (Images) and evolution (Promethean Fire.) At least this is a broad stroke explanation of the stories these dances tell.
Images is the most pleasing of the works, with lively costuming by Gene Moore and a soupçon of an exotic variety in the movement, set to a Debussy piano . Promethean Fire has the gravitas of a Bach score and handsome Santo Loquasto costumes. Spindrift, which sent me scrambling for a definition– it is waves of sea or sand spray–is a very serious work with a string quartet for background.
Footnote: Larry Keigwin’s new work, Rush Hour, inspired by the George Segal sculpture of the same name, is on the bill again on Sunday March 27th and Friday April 1st.
Sullivania, one of Taylor’s two new works (along with Dilly Dilly), reappears later in the season as well. The final premiere is Doug Elkins’ The Weight of Smoke which also shows up on the bill of fare again in the next couple of weeks.
For more information and tickets for the New York season of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, please visit http://ptamd.org/LC2016/