"Arden Court," “Middle Duet,'” “Varnam,'” "Deuce Coupe"
Paul Taylor Dance Company/Kirov Ballet/Shantala Shivalingappa/Juilliard School
New York, NY
September 27, 2007
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2007 by Leigh Witchel
City Center kicked off its Fall for Dance festival with a fine program, and one hell of a value for the $10 ticket. The Paul Taylor Dance Company opened with a tight performance of “Arden Court.” It’s a great curtain raiser – baroque music, great choreography, shirtless Taylor men, what’s not to like? The majority of the cast is old hands by now but one of the newest members, Francisco Graciano, turned in a performance sharp with promise. Orion Duckstein and Amy Young danced the central roles originated by Elie Chaib and Carolyn Adams. Young, a tall dancer where Adams was not, pitched her neck forward seemingly to shorten herself into the role.