|Taylor Tops Himself|
REVIEW by Willard Manus
-- For fifty years the Paul Taylor Company has been thrilling audiences
with its bold, multi-faceted dance works. The 74-year-old Taylor brought
his dancers to the Music Center recently, dusting off two older (but still
exciting) pieces and unveiling a new one, PROMETHEAN FIRE, that quite
possibly is one of his best ever.
Mercuric Tidings (1985) and Runes (1975) were equally theatrical, if less stunning. The latter is set to a harshly modern piano score by Gerald Busby and danced in a moonstruck nightscape peopled by semi-primitive creatures. The beginnings of human life on earth are explored in this dark, enigmatic piece which, again, features much virtuosic dancing, especially by Richard Chen See, Julie Tice and Viola.
Mercuric Tidings was noteworthy for its bravura choreography, calling for high-speed footwork by the dancers. The showiest leaps and steps were by Trusnovec again, plus Michelle Fleet, Andy Lebeau and Silvia Nevjinsky. This joyous affirmation of life was set to music by Schubert.
The Music Center has announced an impressive 2004-2005 dance season. In October the New York City Ballet will mount three programs in celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine's birth, including Carnival of the Animals with narration written and spoken by John Lithgow.
Other scheduled attractions include Garth Fagan Dance, Bejing Modern Dance Co., The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co., American Ballet Theatre, Merce Cunningham Dance Co. and Elfman Ballet of St. Petersburg. For further information call (213) 972-0711.