"Sunset", "Eventide", "Piazzolla Caldera"
Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
March 24, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
The newly named Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance looked, for tonight, very like the old Paul Taylor Dance Company, as the ensemble performed three of Taylor's haunting examinations human emotions, each anchored in a specific time; the first two, "Sunset" and "Eventide" make that clear in their titles, and the third, "Piazzolla Caldera" with its dark, dank atmosphere, is clearly set in a land of eternal midnight. "Sunset", choreographed in 1983, is a sympathetic look at a group of soldiers, who dance with a droughty innocence and underlying vulnerability--at one point Michael Trusnovec bends down to tie his show, and that simple, ordinary, and universal human gesture seemed to encapsulate the tragedy of young men sent off to war.
Aileen Roehl in "Sunset". Photo © Paul B. Goode