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Calling all folks in the NYC area- Snow Storm Special at Paul Taylor tonight.  All seats $10.  Tonight Mearns is doing Dances of Isadora, FYI.  See below for offer.

 

SNOWSTORM SPECIAL -- ALL PTAMD SEATS $10 FOR TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE

The show must go on! Join us tonight, Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm for a PTAMD performance -- all seats in the house are $10! See the incomparable Sara Mearns performing Dances of Isadora and the amazing Paul Taylor Dance Company performing Bryan Arias's The Beauty in Gray and Paul Taylor's sizzling Piazzolla Caldera. Use the code SNOW18 online at www.boxoffice.dance, in person at the Koch Box Office or by calling 212-496-0600. Offer does not apply to previous purchases.

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Of course, there is no telling how others will respond to a performance of a particular work of dance. The "Snowstorm Special" deal, nevertheless, was astonishing, and based on my observation promptly taken advantage of. As it happens, it did not affect me since I already had a ticket. Not coming to the theater was unthinkable on account of Dances of Isadora—all regarding this piece is hauntingly beautiful: the music of the three famous 19th century composers; Duncan’s choreography (I am assuming its authenticity); the direction, staging, set and costume design by Lori Belilove; Cameron Grant’s piano playing; and—vitally—the performance of Sara Mearns, whose magical arms and hands alone mesmerize! 

This is the seventh season of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center. Since I have previously attended only some performances in 2015 and 2016, this Company is basically new to me. Nevertheless, already I feel bewitched by its repertory and dancers, and hope it thrives for years to come. 

Included in the program last evening was a peculiar, baffling work (presumably about contemporary relationships) that premiered this season. For a considerable part of its duration, The Beauty in Gray is not particularly appealing. However, a shift in the music—which suddenly becomes haunting for the last segments—accompanying a succession of three intense pas de deux featuring respectively Eran Bugge, Laura Halzack and Heather McGinley makes Bryan Arias’ piece irresistible to me. 

My second viewing of Piazzolla Caldera, with seductive performances from the entire cast, proved thrilling. There are two notably steamy sections in this "tango work." One concerns three dancers, including the sizzling Parisa Khobdeh and Eran Bugge last night. The other is remarkable since the participants in two separate, sensual pas de deux—one involving two men—merge eventually together. At the conclusion of this Taylor work from 1997, the audience predictably erupted in applause.

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Royal Blue, you might enjoy the Academy Award nominated documentary called Dancemaker, about Paul Taylor.  If memory serves, it was filmed during the creation process of Piazolla Caldera, and has lots of footage from that work. 

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Thank you for the recommendation, abatt. It sounds an indispensable film for all newcomers.

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Nice review, Royal Blue, thank you.  That feeling of discovering a new, or "new" company whose work speaks to you is so great.

It was nice of you to post the heads-up, abatt. Look forward to more reviews.

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I returned Saturday night and Mearns did not disappoint!! She was absolutely sublime!  And all of it looked better.  

 

Which gave me the happy thought that maybe long after Mearns steps off the ballet stage (far in the future), we will still be able to enjoy her artistry in this repertoire... how old was Annabelle Gamson when she danced her last Duncan?

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I don't know, but her hair was naturally white.  And she was fantastic.

Hoping that Mearns sticks with the work, in part so I get a chance to see her!

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I saw PTDC at The Egg on Friday night. First, I want to say what a great venue it is, even though the building itself is odd. The seats are comfortable, lots of leg-room, great sightlines. The prices are also super-reasonable--a friend and I subscribed to the entire series for the first time this year and our tickets for this performance cost only $19.75 (reduced from $36, which is still pretty good). If you're in the area, it's a great place to see a performance.

The program was 2/3 the same as the program I saw at the Mahaiwe in July, but we both thought it looked better in The Egg. The program was Cloven Kingdom, Concertiana, and Company B. I had seen the latter two  at the Mahaiwe, but liked them both more the second time around at the Egg. Even the costumes for Concertiana looked different than before. Maybe the lighting?  I also enjoyed Cloven Kingdom, although the mirrors on the headdresses have seen better days and the reflected flashes of light from them were somewhat annoying. Standout performers for me were Heather McGinley in everything, Michael Trusnovec, especially in the male quartet in Cloven Kingdom, and AD Michael Novak in Concertiana, but everyone was very good.  

I also saw Taylor 2 a couple of weeks ago in a free performance at Hudson Valley Community College. They performed sAureole, The Uncommitted, and Piazzola Caldera in versions scaled for 5-6 dancers. Aureole was my favorite of the three, but I enjoyed the whole program. 

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