When the Paul Taylor Dance Company celebrates its 60th anniversary with The Diamond Gala on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Lincoln Center, the program will include Cloven Kingdom, Sunset, Piazzolla Caldera, and an excerpt from Airs danced by NYCB's Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. Here is a brief YouTube clip of these two dancers performing Airs at the Vail Dance Festival over the summer. Tickets to all PTDC performances at Lincoln Center are on sale right now! A 25% discount on multiple shows is in play. Black Tuesday, Esplanade, and those over-heated bugs from Gossamer Gallants should not be missed.
Speaking of bugs, the very sticky Gregor Samsa will be creeping and crawling around the Joyce Theater for 13 days beginning tomorrow when the Royal Ballet's Edward Watson opens in Metamorphosis, the Kafka-based choreographic creation of Arthur Pita. To celebrate the occasion, the Rocking Horse Cafe across the street will be serving up Bugs on a Pita. Free. Various sauces, extra. No, not reallllly.
Edward Villella has choreographed an ice skating ballet for Ice Theatre of New York's performances at Chelsea Piers on October 24, 25, and 26. The Gala on October 25th will honor legendary skater Kurt Browning and his lovely wife, the National Ballet of Canada ballerina Sonia Rodriguez. More info here. After the show, you might want to swing by the Chelsea Piers Golf Club's driving range which is on the next pier and smack a few balls. The range is open for business until 11pm.
The Joffrey Ballet has received a $500,000 challenge grant from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation for the sole purpose of launching an endowment for the creation, production, and performance of FULL-LENGTH STORY BALLETS. Wow, that puts in high gear an engine that has been slowly but steadily revving up for the past decade or so as the Joffrey acquired more story ballets – Cinderella, The Merry Widow, Romeo and Juliet – to go with its rich repertoire of original and ecclectic works.
You know, the Joffrey Ballet could find itself once again on the cover of Time Magazine and on the covers of a lot of other magazines if it mounted the first U.S. production of Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling. The company would do a phenomenal job. It's in their genes to do that type of work, and they have a long history of doing things first in ballet. Joffrey should seduce Edward Watson to bring his special creepy brand of Crown Prince Rudolf to the Chicago stage. The city would eat it up. Too bad Nureyev was already 40-years-old when MacMillan created his masterpiece. Rudy probably would have loved to put his own mark on that bad-boy crown prince and would be honored to have a grant in his name support the production. Haglund would take a whole truckload of folks from New York to Chicago to see Mayerling if the Joffrey presented it. Better yet, Joffrey should bring it to Lincoln Center.
If we wish for it, it will come. Mayerling.