"Aureole", "Dust", "Piazolla Caldera"
Taylor 2 Dance Company
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
New York, NY
October 15, 2016
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill
Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to perform versions of his works on smaller stages which might not accommodate the larger company. The company tours widely and also works in arts programs in schools, so the dancers in the six-member group are seasoned and accomplished performers. Many of Taylor's larger works are redone for fewer dancers (which can help reveal more nuanced relationships) but his smaller ones are danced with the original choreography. The audience at the Schimmel Center saw the complete "Aureole", Taylor's 1962 sublime and revolutionary modern dance blanc set to Handel's music (unfortunately, on tape).
Alana Allende and Lee Duveneck in "Aureole". Photo © Tom Caravaglia.