Paul Taylor Dance Company Review

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Yum! Family Series Program
Friday, January 30, 8 p.m.
Brown Theatre
315 W. Broadway (Louisville 40202)

Dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance. Taylor has helped define the genre as a professional dancer and a pioneering choreographer.


"Syzgy", Music by Donald York

"Brandenburgs", Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

What a great evening to take my two daughters who both love music out on a date to the Brown Theater to watch the highly complimented and creative Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Out of the three performance, Brandenburgs was our favorite!  Not only was the choreography phenomenal, the storyline captured our attention and pulled us into the performance as if we were on stage with the dancers.  The performances included such beauty, humor, and creativity as elements of real world issues and life’s complexities!  The dances were designed to allow all of the dancers to shine as each had brief solos. All 3 dances were quite different in feeling and expression.  The movements incorporated everyday movements—skips, runs, leaps, falls, turns, jumps—that are magnified by a natural athleticism and innate musicality. In the performance of Brandenburgs, the organic ease with which the body energized the dancing.

I didn’t know a lot about Paul Taylor so I definitely conducted did some research and I will say I was impressed.  Paul Taylor was born on July 29, 1930 – exactly nine months after the stock market crash that led into the Great Depression – and grew up in and around Washington, DC.  He attended Syracuse University on a swimming scholarship in the late 1940’s, until he discovered dance through books at the University Library, and then transferred to the Julliard School.  In 1954 he assembled a small company of dancers and began to choreograph.  A commanding performer despite his late start in dance, he joined Martha Graham Dance Company in 1955 for the first of seven seasons as soloist while continuing to choreograph on his own troupe.  In 1959, he was invited to be a guest artist with New York City Ballet, where Balanchine created the Episodes solo for him.

We had back-row seats on one of the lower tiers, and were able to see everything perfectly. It was easy to get in and out and the area around the theater was well-lighted and lots of people around. We're so amazed by Paul Taylor Dance Company and will probably go see them again in the future.