- One ticket to see the Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance
- When: select dates, March 11–29
- Where: David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click to learn more about each piece in the 2015 repertoire
- $43 for the orchestra, first ring, or second ring (up to $63 value)
- $69 for the orchestra or first ring (up to $123 value)
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Each performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company offers a different selection from the master choreographer’s massive body of work. Not sure where to begin? Here are some suggested introductory works for newcomers:
- Cloven Kingdom: The attendees of a cotillion ball may be dressed to the nines, but their animal natures lurk just beneath the surface. Soon gown-clad women plant seeds and rear young, while men bare their teeth and drop to all fours. Yet, as a true comedy of manners, this work sees all the dancers rise to their feet again, even if their masks of gentility have been made transparent.
- Rite of Spring: Shen Wei Dance Arts performs Shen Wei’s brilliant dance set to Stravinsky’s legendary score..
- Passacaglia: Limon Dance Company presents Doris Humphrey’s compelling utopian vision.
- Esplanade: It all started with a girl sprinting to catch a bus. Paul Taylor witnessed this and thought that if visual artists could use found objects in their work, then he could use found movements. The result: a five-section piece rife with running, jumping, walking, and falling that hints at deeper meanings.
- Piazzolla Caldera: In what Financial Times of London’s Clement Crisp calls “one of Taylor’s most astonishing (even for him) creations,” this ode to the tango pulses with sexual energy. Patrons at a dark bar dance out their desires and insecurities with one another while the genre-defining music of Astor Piazzolla wails.
- Sunset: The loon calls woven throughout this lauded piece magnify the palpable sadness and longing in what the New York Observer’s Robert Gottlieb calls a “deeply moving meditation on war.” He adds that he’s “always startled to meet people who aren’t moved to tears by it.”
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Paul Taylor Dance Company
Newsweek's Laura Shapiro once offered a succinct history of American modern dance: "In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the face of an art form and discovered a new world. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who stripped away the externals and showed us the heart of movement. And then there was Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." The last living member of this homegrown pantheon, Taylor has not finished innovating yet, adding new pieces each year to a prolific catalog of 140 dances. Romantic, iconoclastic, dauntingly athletic, and sometimes hilarious, his works heft weighty topics such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and mortality onto their shoulders, then alchemize them into weighty dances that seem to exist for the sheer pleasure of their beauty.
Among his countless accolades, the champion choreographer has received a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius award.” Such a rich and prolific body of work makes it easy for the Paul Taylor Dance Company to harvest a unique program for each performance, which they have done in 520 cities throughout 62 countries.