"Le Sacre du Printemps (the Rehearsal)", "The Open Door", "Brandenburgs"
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
March 26, 2017, matinee
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2017 by Mary Cargill
The final performance of Paul Taylor's New York season featured three Taylor works set to great music (by Stravinsky, Elgar, and Bach), outstanding dancing, and one farewell, as Francisco Graciano make his last New York appearance with the company. The afternoon opened with Taylor's oblique take on Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", a score that has overwhelmed many choreographers. Taylor side-stepped the tidal wave by using Stravinsky's version for two pianos and by ignoring the pagan ritual at the dawn of time scenario.
Paul Taylor dancers in "Sacre du Printemps (the Rehearsal) Photo © Paul B. Goode.