[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Paul Taylor Dance Company performs three masterworks Nov.2-5

Anne-Marie Mulgrew AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Tue Oct 24 16:55:09 EDT 2017

NextMove Dance presents

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs
three of Mr. Taylor's Master Works
November 2-5

(Philadelphia, PA)  The legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company brings a rare program featuring three of Taylor's classic works for NextMove Dance's 2017-2018 Season with five performances November 2-5, at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.  The program includes Arden Court (1981), Company B (1991) and Esplanade (1975)

Performances take place Thursday, November 2 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm; Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday November 5 at 3pm. Tickets are $20-$62 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online http://princetheater.org/next-move.   $10 student rush tickets and $20 industry tickets are available day of show with valid ID and availability.

Opening the program is the romantic and uplifting Arden Court for nine dancers set to music by 18th century Baroque English composer William Boyce. This 23-minute work showcases the virtuosity of the six male dancers in effortless yet weighted jumps and changes in speed and dynamic level.  Interspersing the ensemble sections are tender yet whimsical duets. Bare-torso male dancers are in tights with colored spots and women are in matching chiffon dresses designed by Gene Moore.  Clive Barnes of the New York Post noted "One of the few great art works created in [the 20th] century... exploring a new movement field of love and relationship. The women dance into the men's arms as if Shakespeare had only written Romeo and Juliet the day before yesterday. I am convinced that this is one of the sentimental works of our time... something extraordinary in the history of dance. It bounces to a different drummer."

In Company B, Taylor explores mortality, taboos and the righteousness of the American myth. Set to songs sung the Andrews Sisters, this 10-section work contrasts the shadowy images of soldiers during World War Two juxtaposed against the merriment of movements inspired by social dances of the time - the polka, lindy and jitterbug. Sections so named from the song titles include "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!," the "Pennsylvania Polka," "Tico-Tico," "Bei Mir Bist du Schön," and the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)." Anna Kisselgoff in her 1991 New York Times review called the work, "A smash hit."

Esplanade, one of Mr. Taylor's most celebrated signature works, closes the program.  Esplanade is an outdoor place to walk. The genesis of the piece comes from Mr. Taylor observing a young girl running to catch a bus.  Created during the time when visual artists where using "found objects" in their artworks, Taylor explored found movements such as standing, running, falling, lifting and catching to create this masterwork performed by nine dancers brimming with youthful exuberance. Set to  Bach's "Violin Concerto in E Major," dancers barrel across the stage with fearless runs, thrilling dives to the floor, and daring catches and rolls prompting a range of reactions - laughs,  shouts, sobs, and gasps.

In addition to the performances, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be offering a master class, Friday November 3 at 1pm at University of the Arts Dance Department, 211 S. Broad Street, Phila. PA and two post-performance chats that will take place after Friday's 8pm and Saturday's 2pm performances. Visit www.nextmovedance.org<http://www.nextmovedance.org>

Anne-Marie Mulgrew
Project/ Ed. Director
NextMove Dance
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Philadelphia PA 19137
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