Magazine article Dance Magazine

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Paul Taylor Dance Company

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MATURE TAYLOR LIGHT, NOT LITE PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY CITY CENTER NEW YORK, NEW YORK FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 11, 2001

Paul Taylor Dance Company's forty-sixth anniversary season found this invaluable troupe moving into a bracing stylistic transition. The first two generations of Taylor dancers had made an indelible impression of exceptional power and daring. Senior members Patrick Corbin, Lisa Viola, and Richard Sen Chee remain dedicated, treasurable artists. The six members who have joined after 1997 and now account for almost half the company, however, have a lighter, more lyrical style and often look more at home in the air than their esteemed predecessors. Taylor must appreciate this shift for, with the exception of the 1986 Musical Offering--"Mr. Bach Goes to Knossos," I call it--he built this season around nine dances made mostly in the late 1990s.

The two New York City premieres were his usual studies in contrast. Fiends Angelical, a satanic ritual set to the Kronos Quartet's recording of George Crumb's Black Angels, couldn't have been more different from Dandelion Wine, set to a verdant baroque concerto by Pietro Locatelli. Where dusky Silvia Nevjinsky, in a horned headpiece, had presided with authority over the former, a yellow-clad Sen Chee was a gracious master of gentle, pastoral revels in the far more rewarding latter. The seven other dancers in Wine, all costumed in white touched with color, were often brought to their knees for floor work, but the mood was generally yeasty. …

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