"Danbury Mix", "Ports of Call", "Black Tuesday"
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
March 18, 2017, evening
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2017 by Mary Cargill
Paul Taylor's takes on heroic and absurd America were on view Saturday night, as each work dealt with aspects of American life. "Danbury Mix", choreographed in 1988 for the New York City Ballet's American Music Festival, combines (or mixes) three excerpts from pieces by Charles Ives (of Danbury, Connecticut, the program explains). The sardonic view of America, with an alternatively seductive and manic Miss Liberty, variously sheltering groups of black-clad dancers, enticing them to march mindlessly, and finally laughing at their efforts, may be a wry comment on Balanchine's bright, strutting "Stars and Stripes". Taylor's piece even ends, like Balanchine's, with the American flag, though instead of a triumphant red, white, and blue dominating the stage, Taylor has a miniature group of black and white flags ranged in the background.
Laura Halzack in "Danbury Mix" Photo © Paul B. Goode.