SEASON REPERTOIRE

TAYLOR REPERTOIRE

ARDEN COURT

Music:  William Boyce
Set and Costumes:  Gene Moore
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  April 15, 1981
Quote: “One of the few great art works created in [the 20th] century… exploring a new movement field of love and relationship. The women dance into the men’s arms as if Shakespeare had only written Romeo and Juliet the day before yesterday. I am convinced that this is one of the sentimental works of our time… something extraordinary in the history of dance. It bounces to a different drummer.”
– Clive Barnes, New York Post

BANQUET OF VULTURES

photo: Paul B. Goode

Music:  Morton Feldman
Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  October 29, 2005
Quote: “Paul Taylor might be the only American choreographer I would trust with the subject of war, and Banquet of Vultures is one of his most jarring and effective works… The choice of music is Taylor’s genius stroke… what one might have heard at Abu Ghraib.”
– Paul Horsley, Kansas City Star

CHANGES

Music:  Songs sung by The Mamas & The Papas
Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  April 22, 2008
Quote:  “A spellbinding time capsule of the Californian 1960s… The dancers’ re-enactment of the ’60s in an extraordinary feat of acting. The costumes and wigs are deliciously period… It travels from episode to episode, each depicted and shaped with mastery, all vivid and different.”
— Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

CLOVEN KINGDOM

Music:  Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Cowell, and Malloy Miller
Costumes:  Women’s Costumes by Scott Barrie, Headpieces by John Rawlings
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  June 9, 1976
Quote:  “Man is a social animal,” said Spinoza. Just below the surface of humans’ civilized veneer lurks an animal nature that cannot be ignored. The scene is a cotillion ball where members of high society are dressed in formal attire – the gentlemen in tailcoats and the ladies wearing gowns and mirrored headpieces. A baroque score vies for dominance with urgent, percussive 20th-Century music, reflecting the struggle between our gentler and more savage natures. As primitive impulses emerge, the women plant seeds and bear progeny, while the men seem no longer to wear tails but bear tails. They prance and stalk on all fours, and their totemic friezes suggest the prehistoric ancestors from whom we have descended. Although the dance ends on a triumphant note with social structures intact, it has become clear that we are not separate from animals, we are animals.“A sharp comedy of manners [about] the conflicting natures within people and, more specifically, the darker side that surfaces under the veneer of gentility. Revealing their true selves, the dancers turn humorously grotesque. The writhe as well as waltz, they crawl as well as glide. There’s so much movement-invention that it is hard to take everything in.”
– Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

ESPLANADE

Music:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Costumes:  John Rawlings
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  March 1, 1975
Quote: “When I left the theater… I was thinking that I’d seen a classic of American dance. It confers a mythic dimension on ordinary aspects of our daily lives – it’s unfaked folk art. The dancers, crashing wave upon wave into those falls, have a happy insane spirit that recalls a unique moment in American life – the time we did the school play or we were ready to drown at a swimming meet. The last time most of us were happy in that way.”
– Arlene Croce, The New Yorker

EVENTIDE

Music:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Set and Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  February 25, 1997
Quote: “The American spirit soars when Taylor’s dances and dancers meet, but rarely has it reached the sublime heights of this piece. It is a paean to remembered love, with couple after loving couple looking back even as they embrace an unknown future… It is bittersweet but, typical for Taylor, also optimistic and uplifting. An American masterpiece.”
– Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle

GOSSAMER GALLANTS

Music:  Bedřich Smetana
Set and Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  November 19, 2011
Notes: Using movement inspired by insects, the dance offers a comedic view of mating rituals, in which the female of the species is often the stronger, predatory partner.

MERCURIC TIDINGS

Music:  Franz Schubert
Costumes:  Gene Moore
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  April 20, 1982
Quote: “Danced for the sheer joy of it, the controlled expenditure of animal energy, poetry expressed as a time and motion of study, young people cavorting with the kinetic propensities of young godlets.”
– Clive Barnes, New York Post

MUSICAL OFFERING

Music:  Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestrated by Anton Webern and Frank Michael Beyer
Set and Costumes:  Gene Moore
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  April 8, 1986
Quote:  “One of the most extraordinarily reverberant dances of our time… Taylor’s choreography has never seemed more profoundly inspired by its music, never more confident in its subtle shifts of tome and never richer in its radiant humanity… The piece flows with uncommon ceremonial splendor.”
– Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner

PIAZZOLLA CALDERA

Music:  Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky
Set and Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  June 12, 1997
Quote:  “Stunning. Taylor looks at the attitudes implicit of the tango – as sexual game, as social identity – and reshapes them. Seethes and flares with sexuality and develops a huge erotic charge. One of Taylor’s most astonishing (even for him) creations.”
– Clement Crisp, Financial Times of London

PROMETHEAN FIRE

Music:  J.S. Bach, orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski
Set and Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  June 6, 2002
Quote: “It has grandeur, majesty and a spiritual dimension. It is also quite simply one of the best dance works choreographed by Paul Taylor. …[The dancers] are building blocks in the human cathedral that Mr. Taylor constructs uncannily and perfectly with such powerful emotional resonance.”
– Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

ROSES

Music:  Richard Wagner and Heinrich Baermann
Costumes:  William Ivey Long
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  April 10, 1985
Quote:  “Beautiful in its visual effects, poetic in its natural flow of movement. The piece is an ode to tenderness and blooms like a flower.”
– Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

RUNES

Music:  Gerald Busby
Costumes:  George Tacet
Lighting:  Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed:  August 13, 1975
Quote:  “A major creation… The enormous pathos that arises in the final moments of [this striking heroic poem], when all the elements of the piece are combined and restated and still the momentum leaps ahead – this pathos comes from the unstoppable energy of what Taylor has set in motion.”
– Arlene Croce, The New Yorker

PTAMD COMMISSIONS

New work by Bryan Arias (Taylor Commission 2018)

Photo coming soon!

Performed by: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Choreographer: Bryan Arias
Music: not yet selected
World Premiere: March 8, 2018*
New York Premiere: March 8, 2018*
*Subject to change

New work by Doug Varone (Taylor Commission 2018)

Photo coming soon!

Performed by: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Choreographer: Doug Varone
Music: Music by Julia Wolfe
World Premiere: March 10, 2018*
New York Premiere: March 10, 2018*
*Subject to change

Continuum  (Taylor Commission 2017)

photo: Paul B. Goode

Performed by: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Choreographer: Lila York
Music: Recomposed by Max Richter (based on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”)
Costumes:  Santo Loquasto
Lighting: 
James F. Ingalls
Date First Performed: February 11, 2017

GUEST DANCE COMPANIES

SET AND RESET

photo: Julieta Cervantes

Performed by: Trisha Brown Dance Company
Choreographer: Trisha Brown
Music: Laurie Anderson, “Long Time No See”
Set and Costume Design: Robert Rauschenberg
Lighting Design: Beverly Emmons with Robert Rauschenberg
World Premiere: October 20, 1983

DANCES OF ISADORA

photo: Darial Sneed

Performed by: Sara Mearns
Choreographer: Isadora Duncan
Music: Chopin, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, and Strauss
Artistic Director: Lori Belilove, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company