Posted 04 March 2002 - 12:33 AM
I went tonight (Sorceror's Sofa, Duet from Roses, The Word and Cloven Kingdom) and left awfully happy.
Cloven is just a wonderfully thought out work. I love the women's mirrored headresses, (one, a square box seems almost Tudor); they are such brilliant shorthand for so many different things, civilization, thought, reason. . .And there is some thing about guys in white tie and tails even when crawling on all fours.
I had just seen the CBC/BBC broadcast of Les Noces and I'm fascinated by the similarities between it and The Word, mostly in their iconic arrangements. It doesn't necessarily mean that Taylor's seen Les Noces, they could have both just used Byzantine and Russian icons as their inspiration.
Taylor has one character, "The Chaste Lounge" on pointe in The Sorceror's Sofa. It's rather funny to see - pointe shoes as sofa legs. It's also interesting because he doesn't intend to replicate ballet pointework, but to recall it, he's using it as a shorthand for delicacy, and everyone know's what he's getting at.