Michael Popkin reviews Paul Taylor Dance Company for his blog in danceviewtimes
aul Taylor in New York Considered
Paul Taylor comes to New York every February or March it seems, directly after NYCB's winter season, and astonishes us with the quality of his company and strength of its repertory. That dance needs to succeed on the stage to realize its dramatic potential - that when it's successful theater it's more than just dance, is good to be reminded of. I'd completely forgotten this in fact during three performances of Peter Martins' Mirage the week before I saw Taylor; but from the very first minute of the very first piece, in the very first Taylor show I saw (Speaking in Tongues was the work - and it was the final weekend of Taylor's two weeks at City Center), I realized in an instant what had been missing. Beautifully lit, and costumed and decorated, by Jennifer Tipton and Santo Loquasto respectively, the work made me think and experience visually and intellectually; told me something about dance, myself, and American culture; and finally sent me out of the theater refreshed. Thank you once again Paul Taylor. At more than eighty years old, he is the acknowledged master of his craft.