He was there in the beginning. He was there when the foundation was being built, and he has been working and shaping modern dance ever since he discovered it in the 1950's. Paul Taylor is presenting his 2013 season at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, revealing some of his finest works to date. With a stunning display of pieces, both old and new, each performance is sure to run the gamut of different worlds, stories, and imagery which Taylor is known for.
The performance begins with "Scudorama," Taylor's view of purgatory. A man dressed in a suit, clouded with terror and concerns about the Cold War, awakens in a land that is unfamiliar. Abstracted clouds hang in the sky that is painted amethyst, while an unsettling tune lingers in the air. The man finds himself lying under some type of creature. Confused and disoriented the man picks his way uneasily through the diabolical creatures around him. They are aroused, and he is filled with dread, but all too late. He has become property of the creatures and crawls dementedly off stage with them looming over him.
Now the procession of the fiends commences. Writhing, spinning, zealous. Their movement quality permeates with imagery of canines and arthropods, crawling with sliding legs and walking hands. The man re-enters with one of the creatures encaged around his head. He has been absorbed into their world, and his troubled soul is now tenant to what Dante called, "this black haze."
The creatures are back, blankets in hand, whipping at the floor as if to put out a fire. A single soul enters, a girl desperate and sad. She is forlorn and wanting but is immediately taken over by fiends and manipulated like a rag doll. And then they are everywhere, apathetic, dark creatures, intent on tearing meaning from those at their fingertips. The blanketed forms creep back and their digestion of souls is complete.
Annie is a New York based columnist and writer. Multifaceted, Annie received a B.F.A. in dance from San Jose State University and is certified in Pilates through Physical Mind Institute. Upon graduation, she danced professionally in California, New York, Montana, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Annie is also known and sought after for her fresh concepts and innovative choreography. As a native from Montana, Annie also loves the outdoors and traveling, is a skilled chef and baker, and loves exploring new coffee shops with her husband. |