Despite what may have been written recently in The New Yorker or earlier in the NYT, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is still Paul Taylor Dance Company. PTDC is now the main component of Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, but it still has its own identity.
From last night's Playbill:
Here's the BIG news:
That's the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Donald York! Wow, what a difference they made.
And here's the BEST news of all:
Sorry for the blurriness, but Haglund snapped this pic of the fast moving Mr. Taylor with one hand while holding off the usher with the other hand. You gotta do what you gotta do.
What a terrific performance last night. Company B looked like new. Robert Kleinendorst's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B) was a highlight as was Eran Bugge's Rum and Coca-Cola section. Kleinendorst as Troilus and Parisa Khobdeh as Cressida romped to the Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli (aka Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah from 1963) in Taylor's very funny Troilus and Cressida (reduced). Michael Trusnovec, now in his 17th year with the company, was and always has been a riveting central figure in Brandenburgs. Michelle Fleet danced gloriously with the gusto and zest for life that is the hallmark of Taylor's dancers.
We're going to get back to the PTDC and PTAMD several times over the three-week run and hope to see more ballet-type folks there, too. Marcelo Gomes was in the audience last night - a sure sign that it was the place to be.
Check this out. Don't miss Promethean Fire, Esplanade, Piazzolla Caldera, Sunset, Eventide, Cloven Kingdom and so many other great ones. The Limon Dance Company will stop by to perform Doris Humphrey's Passacaglia, and Shen Wei Dance Arts will perform Rite of Spring. Some performances still have $10 seats left.