Paul Taylor Dance Company
Venue: Sollitt Stage (mainstage)
Dates: May 17 & 18, 2014
Times: Sat at 8PM and Sun at 3PM
Price: $25 - $68
Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to the Auditorium, bringing Mr. Taylor’s ever-burgeoning repertoire to our landmark stage. Mr. Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance and continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance, and power of his creations. The San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance.”
These performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company are made possible through the generosity of Jay Franke and David Herro.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
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America was in the grip of the Great Depression – but rather than dwell on its terrible effects, popular culture from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood celebrated the nation’s can-do spirit. Paul Taylor recalls the valiant souls of the ’30s with a masterwork from his Americana series. Music hall hoofers recall their heyday, down-and-out couples jitterbug down Park Avenue, a pimp continues to hawk his wares, and a newsgirl pretends to slay the big bad wolf that is the Depression. Sections set to “The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – the era’s great torch song – and “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” – its enduring anthem – powerfully illustrate the tragedy of shattered hopes and dreams.
A poignant look at camaraderie among soldiers and the sweethearts they leave behind — which, according to The New York Times, first marked Paul Taylor as “one of the great war poets.”“Mr. Taylor’s deeply moving meditation on war, on men with women, on men with men, on loss, on memory is one of the few great dance works of the past quarter-century…Delicately presented, achingly sad…I’m always startled to meet people who aren’t moved to tears by it.” – Robert Gottlieb, New York Observer
“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
Photo of Laura Halzack and Robert Kleinendorst in Mercuris Tidings by Tom Caravaglia.