Paul Taylor American Modern Dance

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance

Dances of Isadora


Banquet of Vultures

“Paul Taylor might be the only American choreographer I would trust with the subject of war and Banquet of Vultures is one of his most jarring and effective works… The choice of music is Taylor’s genius stroke… what one might have heard at Abu Ghraib.” – Paul Horsley, Kansas City Star



Choreography by Paul Taylor  |  Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

An esplanade is an outdoor place to walk; in 1975 Paul Taylor, inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus, created a masterwork based on pedestrian movement. If contemporaries Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg could use ordinary “found objects” like Coke bottles and American flags in their art, Taylor would use such “found movements” as standing, walking, running, sliding and falling.  The first of five sections that are set to two Bach violin concertos introduces a team of eight dancers brimming with Taylor’s signature youthful exuberance. An adagio for a family whose members never touch reflects life’s somber side.  When three couples engage in romantic interplay, a woman standing tenderly atop her lover’s prone body suggests that love can hurt as well as soothe.  The final section has dancers careening fearlessly across the stage like Kamikazes. The littlest of them – the daughter who had not been acknowledged by her family – is left alone on stage, triumphant: the meek inheriting the earth.