Actually, when I had been looking at this year's schedule, yesterday's matinee stuck in my mind as having a program I'd be especially interested in seeing - it had a premiere and it had two pieces I haven't seen before. So it was serendipitous that discount tickets turned up. Of course, I always love a Paul Taylor program, so it probably doesn't matter what pieces are performed, I'm going to enjoy myself. But I did have a grand time, yet again, yesterday.
|photo credit: Paul B Goode|
The first section was "Passing," and it was an amazingly haunted passage that was full of strength and balance, and contraction and release. It seemed as if everyone was a loner, yet somehow searching for and moving within a group. I found some religious imagery, with poses that resembled a cross, and other ritualistic movements. I was totally confused, yet completely enraptured. The second section was "Past," and it had dancers in seemingly ancient robes, moving in really fractured and angular ways, making fascinating shapes. The music rather reminded me of the score to the film Logan's Run (I have no idea why), so the costumes began to remind me of that past meets future vibe as well. The third section, "Or to Come," combined the first two sections, in that the ancient robed figures were now moving and morphing amongst the loners/groups of the first section. The robed figures even sort of birthed another robed figure (and how they did that was incredible), who seemed to bring it all together. Did it symbolize rebirth? Resurrection? Who knows? I sure don't, but my goodness, it was amazing. It was nearly completely indecipherable to me, but yet I loved it. Go figure.
|photo credit: Tom Caravaglia|
|photo credit: Michelle V Agins|
After the performance, IHBB and I went to Cafe Luxembourg for a tasty post-show repast. I haven't been there in maybe fifteen years - it was just as charming as I remember it. One of their special springtime cocktails is a sour cherry margarita, which, hello, has my name written ALL OVER IT. As do their lobster rolls and frites that I ordered. Delicious deliciousness after a wonderful dance program. All shared with a wonderfully IHBB. It was a glorious Sunday afternoon in New York which reminded me of how lucky I am to live here and share my life with my friends and all the wonderful performers I enjoy. Happy beginning of birthday week to me!