"Images," "Offenbach Overtures,"Beloved Renegade"
Paul Taylor Dance Company
New York City Center
New York, NY
February 25, 2009
by Lisa Rinehart
copyright 2009 by Lisa Rinehart
The Paul Taylor Dance Company's opening night program at City Center is a diorama of the mountains and valleys in Taylor's long and prolific career. "Images," a gloriously formal work from 1977, is mature Taylor; all swooping arms and bounding jumps constrained by unabashedly decorative poses. Fast forward twenty years to "Offenbach Overtures" and we have a search for inspiration in silliness -- not a comfortable fit for Taylor. Finally, the New York premier of "Beloved Renegade" walks us along the shimmering line between life's sweet engagements and the lure of eternal rest. It is elegiac Taylor at his most honest and introspective, and a telling premier for the winter season.