“The Open Door," “Continuum,” “Brandenburgs”
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
Paul Taylor Dance Company
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
March 9, 2016
By Michael Popkin
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Popkin
What a feast Thursday night’s Paul Taylor New York gala was. With Taylor himself now 89 years old, the New York premieres of his latest work “The Open Door” and Lila York’s “Continuum” (commissioned by the company) showed that we can still regale ourselves with the living source of a great wellspring of contemporary dance, both in the person of the choreographer and in that of the company he has shaped. “The Open Door,” understated on its surface, steadily developed a poignant force that stayed with one long after the performance ended. “Continuum,” while effortful at times, was also a keeper, with York’s choreography providing the base for extraordinary dancing , especially that of Eran Bugge in the leading role. Meanwhile Taylor’s “Brandenburgs” ended the evening with a work of genius that felt as fresh today as it did in 1988 when new.
Photograph © Paul B. Goode of Francisco Graciano and James Samson in "The Open Door"