Posted in dance marathons, depression era dance contests, new work by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor Dance Company, they shoot horses don't they?

Depression-era Dance Contests

Paul Taylor’s “Sunset” in performance.

There is something brutalizing about those depression-era dance marathons. The contestants are equal parts hopeful and downtrodden. Paul Taylor captures the essence in his latest creation “Marathon Cadenzas,” on view in the penultimate PTDC performance of the Spring 2014 season, just completed at David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. 
Taylor’s 140th dance in a 60 year span is as vital and entertaining as any in his repertoire.“Marathon Cadenzas” is set to music by Raymond Scott with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls. The company are all standouts in this heartbreaking dance.
More PTDC Spring Ahead: Sotheby’s auction to benefit PTDC on May 14th
Paul Taylor Dancers with Tracer in 1962 Photograph by Martha Swope, New York City © 2014 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation /Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 
On May 14th, the Taylor “Spring” extends to an auction at Sotheby’s where works by Robert Rauschenberg, a friend and frequent collaborator of Paul Taylor’s.The two met in 1954 after Taylor left Merce Cunningham’s dance company to set off on his own  Rauschenberg designed the sets and costumes for a number of Paul Taylor productions including: Jack and the Beanstalk (1954), the solo dance performance Circus Polka (1955), Three Epitaphs (1956), The Least Flycatcher, The Tower (1957), Seven New Dances (1957), Rebus (1958), Images and Reflections (1958), and Tracer (1962), for which he also 

created a work of the same title that will be offered in May.

To learn more about the May 14th auction event, click here.

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Posted in dance making, modern American dance, new work by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor’s Ever Lively Dance

In posters and on billboards for each of their Spring seasons, PTDC flies off the page. In person, the they do a similar trick.

Francisco Graciano and Michael Apuzzo in Paul Taylor’s “Gossamer Gallants,”
once more on the program on March 29th at 2pm.
Photo by Tom  Caravaglia.

Paul Taylor Dance Company always seems to be in motion, just off and above the stage. Theirs is an energetic force. PTDC is always propelling through air.

The momentum is intellectual as well as physical. A Paul Taylor dance is well-thought out and intelligent.
Taylor, in fact, is a man of many parts– an author with a nice sense of humor, a dance maker with a great sense of humor, irony, and a vision all his own.

There are 8 performances left to the PTDC Lincoln Center Spring at this writing, and we urge you to catch at least one of our favorites: tonight at 7pm, “Mercuric Tidings” and “Sunset” are on the bill with “Fibers” and “Troillus and Cressida (reduced).” On Wednesday, March 26th, go see “A Field of Grass.” Friday, March 28th at 8pm brings a chance to see the new “American Dreamer,” and Saturday at 2pm, “Marathon Cadenzas” premieres again; these are numbers 139 and 140 in the Paul Taylor oeuvre. “Piazzolla Caldera” is  on the final program for this season on Sunday, March 30th at 6pm.

You can purchase tickets and view the schedule here and follow PTDC on FB.

Paul Taylor’s most recent book are the essays in “Facts and Fancies” published in 2013.


Posted in 1986 bombing of El Al plane, activists, Andy Bragen, duped by love, Joseph Stiglitz, new work by Paul Taylor, Play Company, Public Forum Solo, Rich and Poor, The English Bride, The Public Theater

News from the rialto…

Just something I’ve always wanted to say. 

Not that we aren’t bringing notable tidings. 

Here are some things to look forward to, some near term, and others off in the distant– or maybe not so distant– 2014:

Michael Gabriel Goodfriend as Ali Said and Amy Griffin as Eileen Finney in
“The English Bride” at 59E59 Theaters through November 17th. 

Photo by Bob Eberle.
Love is a powerful narcotic, especially for someone who feels as unworthy of it as Eileen Finney (Amy Griffin) in Lucille Lichtblau’s “The English Bride.” Eileen is duped by love for an Arab stranger, Ali Said (Michael Gabriel Goodfriend) into unwittingly committing an unspeakable act. 

Ezra Barnes as Dov and Amy Griffin as Eileen Finney in “The English Bride”
at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Bob Eberle

“The English Bride,” in a NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters ( presented by the Centenary Stage Company, opens on October 30th and runs through November 17th, is based on the true story of the failed 1986 bombing of an El Al airplane. In Lucille Lichtblau’s re-imagining of the events, Eileen is interrogated by a Mossad agent named Dov (Ezra Barnes.)  “The English Bride,” is the winner of the 2011 Susan Glaspell Award.

The Play Company ( opens its 2013-14 season with a world premiere site-specific work by playwright Andy Bragen. In “This Is My Office,” playing from November 5th through December 8th, the space in which the blocked writer, Andy Bragen (played by David Barlow) takes on a symbolic role which brings harmony, reconciliation and redemption.

Let’s not forget to visit The Wild Project (, where there are a slew of activities, on stage and screen. From November 8th through the 23rd, see Victor Liesniewski’s “Cloven Tongues,”  featuring Casey Biggs, Catherine Curtin, Ema Laković and Alex Mickiewicz. In this drama about a brutalized woman and the social worker and priest who struggle to help her heal. Also at The Wild Project, “Hope is Expensive,” performed and written by  by Jill Pangallo, playing on December 10th and 11th, is more of a darkly humorous look at our delusional culture.

On December 9th, The Public Theater ( will present a Public Forum Solo with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on income inequality and what the artistic community can do about it. “Rich and Poor” is the topic which will be addressed in the  conversation featuring artistts and activists following Stiglitz’s talk.

Paul Taylor Dance Company’s ( annual New York season will begin on March 12th and run through March 30th. During this year’s celebration of PTDC,American Dreamer,” Paul Taylor’s 139th dance piece, will be introduced on Wednesday, March 12th when the PTDC kicks off its Diamond season at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. 

The Diamond Gala Performance and Dinner is set for Thursday, March 13th. Gala tickets available at $850, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 ( Diamond anniversariees seem to have some fluidity in their timelines, in the case of the PTDC, it is a mere 60 years old. On Friday, March 14th, Paul Taylor will unveil the 140th work of his long and prolific career.