Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

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From world premieres to classic company favorites, Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance once again brings it all to Lincoln Center for three glorious weeks in 2016. The legendary dancemaker The New York Times calls "the greatest choreographer alive" presents a curated show featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing New York premieres by Paul Taylor himself (Sullivaniana and Dilly Dilly), as well as world premieres by Larry Keigwin (Rush Hour) and Doug Elkins (The Weight of Smoke), Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels and 14 company classics. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performs Donald McKayle's profoundly moving piece about a prison chain gang, titled Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder. The acclaimed Orchestra of St. Luke's performs live on every program.

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“Hilarious…[It] is about vaudeville and therefore belongs to that rich genre in which theater is about theater itself.” Alastair Macaulay, New York TImes

Beloved Renegade
“The best new choreography I saw in 2008. Deeply moving… a work of philosophic as well as dramatic power. Mr. Taylor ranks among the great war poets…. Beloved Renegade is one of the great achievements of Mr. Taylor’s long career and one of the most eloquently textured feats of his singular imagination.” – Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

Dilly Dilly

Diversion Of Angels
“The lyrical side of love is Miss Graham’s subject here. And yet for all its pure-dance surface, there is always a note of passion…” – Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

“A complex and lovely work…beautifully wrought and surreptitiously gripping. A neo-classical abstraction in the line of Aureole and Arden Court, with an emphasis on musically motivated movement patterns and formal elegance.” – Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post

“One of the truly great dance works of this or any other century. The daring and dangerous hurtling spills of the final movement, which never fail to rouse the audience to cheers, constitute only one aspect of the work’s excitement… This is choreographic artistry at an inspirational height.” – Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post

“All two-dimensional friezes, human endeavor frozen in time, and oracular obsolescence. It carries the feel of pottery shards, the dust of the British Museum, the surprise of a fall through the shaft of a buried gravesite in Tuscany where the flashlight reveals a brilliantly hued mural left by [Minoans].” – Allison Tracy, The Berkshire Eagle

Mercuric Tidings
“Danced for the sheer joy of it, the controlled expenditure of animal energy, poetry expressed as a time and motion of study, young people cavorting with the kinetic propensities of young godlets.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post

Offenbach Overtures
“Taylor-ed to keep you in stitches…Offenbach Overtures starts as a gentle spoof…but low comedy soon gets the upper hand, and you’re doubled over laughing before you know it. A typical Taylor twist left the opening night crowd rolling in the aisles.” – Terry Teachout, New York Daily News

“A kind of astronaughty tour of love and life on the planets. The choreography, with its wit and quirky, perky turns, its swirling patterns and exultant leaps, is boldly original.”
– Time

“An experiment in focus and texture in two parts. The choreography for the second part is a precise repeat of the first – only the cast, music and lighting have been changed. The very same dances take on quite different shades of kinetic significance. It is most exciting.” – Clive Barnes, The New York Times

“Mr. Taylor has created one of his most essential evocations of evil. The four dancers have come to seem bent on some dark private ritual, figures who have stepped off an archaic vase, loose in a world with which they are most terrifying at odds.” – Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

Promethean Fire
“It has grandeur, majesty and a spiritual dimension. It is also quite simply one of the best dance works choreographed by Paul Taylor… The dancers are building blocks in the human cathedral that Mr. Taylor constructs uncannily and perfectly with such powerful emotional resonance.” – Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder
“[An] affecting production… Set to traditional songs, the dance depicts the suffering of a rural chain gang at the men’s dreams of succor in the form of a single woman who takes on the guise of mother, sweetheart, and wife.” – Tobi Tobias, New York Magazine

Snow White
“Clever fun. The simple, curvy outlines of all the movement are uncannily like to cartoon characters’ in the Disney film, but the sardonic twists to plot and character are Taylor’s own…” – Tobi Tobias, New York Magazine

“A quietly resounding success. Sensuously but deliberately understated… and suffused with the very lyricism (a gift Taylor enjoys with Balanchine and precious few others, of making dance music cleave together in a seamless arc of song) which had always marked him out like some special child of the gods.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post


Three Dubious Memories
“One of [Taylor’s] terrific new dances… Often in Taylor’s dances, the background is as interesting as the foreground, and in this case next to the battling lovers Taylor has arranged gorgeously fluid movement-patterns for the seven Choristers… Most intriguingly, Three Dubious Memories suggests this artist’s curious way of combining the pedestrian with the ideal, searching for beauty and significance in even the tawdriest aspects of the human condition.” – Robert Johnson, Star-Ledger

Rush Hour (New Keigwin Work)

The Weight of Smoke (New Elkins Work)

Please note: Programs subject to change.

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