Paul Taylor Dance Company on PBS
Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:36 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:09 PM
Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:55 AM
Some dances are harder than others to put on screen, and I've seen better and worse. We got a series of beautiful, beautifully-lit moving tableaux but little of the continuous sense of changing placement in the stage space or of flow around and through that space I get when I see this company in the theater and which contribute to their cumulative effect. Instead, the busy cutting from one camera to another drew attention to itself and intruded on the process I sometimes experience of being drawn into the "world" of the dance being performed. Too fancy. Much to enjoy anyway, and in Beloved Renegade I was struck by how Taylor made his movement invention, Poulenc's music, and Whitman's thoughts all work together.
Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:40 PM
Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:57 PM
My DVR decided to die last night, so I all I got of the program was about 9 minutes. Oh well.
Many PBS stations re-run these programs -- you might want to check the local station website.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:47 AM
I have no idea how the camera work was for Beloved Renegade. I was so absorbed in the dance I wasn't aware of it. This is one of Taylor's finest works and comes across very well on screen. Complex, beautiful, moving. I can't wait to see it again.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:11 PM
This in today's links, not sure where to list it for discussion, but he danced for Paul Taylor, so I'm putting it here:
This is a great reminder of what dancing was like in the 1980's, dealing with a more conservative social atmosphere, AIDS, and how to define success as a dancer, and as a choreographer / AD. I found it very interesting, living on the left coast I was only able to see companies that happened to tour in my city, so I feel like I missed out on so much that was happening in NYC. Those of you who got to see Joffrey, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and all the other companies were so lucky!
(this is beginning to sound like that Woody Allen Movie "Midnight in Paris")
Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:30 AM
Corbin has come down to Miami City Ballet a number of times to set Tayior dances. Although MCB does a ballet hybrid version of the choreography, they do it more authentically than the other ballet companies I've seen in the same rep. Here's a clip of Corbin talking in the MCB studio while working on Piazzola Caldera. He doesn't dance in this video but he sure knows how to do the port de bras and adapt the Latin attitude.
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