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Lynette H

08-11-00, 07:03 PM (GMT)
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"Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
 
   No time for a review, but just to say it was beautiful and the dancers are ravishing. Go and see it. The audience was criminally thin (but very appreciative), and I'm sure there are plenty of tickets available.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells Bruce Madmin 08-11-00 1
  RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells alison 09-11-00 2
     RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells Kevin Ng 09-11-00 3
         RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells Ann Williams 10-11-00 4
             RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells eugene merrett 15-11-00 6
                 RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells alison 15-11-00 8
  Gone, but not forgotten.... Bruce Madmin 14-11-00 5
     RE: Gone, but not forgotten.... alison 15-11-00 9
  RE: Paul Taylor interview Bruce Madmin 15-11-00 7

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Bruce Madmin

08-11-00, 07:28 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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   Like Lynette I can't put up a review yet, but I would echo her points. Its my first time of seeing the company and they are serious magic - unbounded fluid joyous movement everywhere you look.


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alison

09-11-00, 01:52 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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   It was criminally thin when they were here last time, as well - 2 weeks and 4 separate programmes if I remember rightly. I was really annoyed to miss out on this, particularly since the Ballet Association meeting I had been going to had to be cancelled at the last minute and it was too late for me to get up to the Wells


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Kevin Ng

09-11-00, 02:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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   Alison, you are right. I remember Paul Taylor's last season in London in 1991 when they gave 4 different programmes in a fortnight. It's a pity that they are only doing a single programme in London this week. (Last winter when they toured Macau for only 2 performances, they still gave a different programme on each night, so I saw 6 different works.)


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Ann Williams

10-11-00, 01:08 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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Just in from Paul Taylor at SW, and I cannot adequately describe my delight and exhiliaration. All I can urge you to do is GO - we don't often get dance of this quality.

The three ballets on view are all utterly individual and whole in themselves, and all are brilliantly entertaining in their different ways. 'Cascade' to JS Bach music is a joyously lyrical piece, and as it's title suggests there is a liquid quality to to the running and leaping movements of the dancers. The patterns in this piece are wonderous and made me wish I was sitting higher. 'Rite of Spring' danced to a piano treatment of Stravinsky's score, is a scarily strange, though thrilling, piece; it's all about a kidnapped baby and clumsily obvious killers with knives. The dance movement here is mostly staccato and sideways on; it's as if the dancers are posing against black screens to outline their movements. Sometimes one was slyly reminded of Nijinksy's 'L'Apres Midi d'une Faune', and I thought I caught passing hints of both Balanchine's 'Prodigal Son' and Nijinska's 'Les Noces'. The final ballet was 'Piazzolla Caldera', a gorgeously bold group treatment of the tango which had the woman in the seat next to me oohing and aahing in satisfaction.

On reflection, the thing about Taylor's choreography is that it owes absolutely nothing to anyone - it is entirely original; any references are deliberate (and delicious).


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eugene merrett

15-11-00, 01:02 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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   Sorry to rain on the perade but I cannot help feeling that Cascade is a sequel to Airs - which Rambert Ballet did (set to Handel's Concerto Grossi op3). The format and the movements seem to be very similar.

Rite of Spring was definitely more interesting and original although not always in good taste!


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alison

15-11-00, 01:53 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Paul Taylor at Sadlers Wells"
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   Nothing wrong with sequels, in my opinion, unless it's Friday 13th part 2004 .


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Bruce Madmin

14-11-00, 06:54 PM (GMT)
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5. "Gone, but not forgotten...."
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   Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sadler's Wells

7 November 2000

Somehow I missed Paul Taylor's last visit here 9 years ago. I guess, like many, I just didn't know how good he and his company are. People in the know always tip you the wink about Taylor - usually a massive wink, accompanied by a smirk and/or words like 'seriously classy stuff'.

Well now I understand too.

What I don't understand is how anybody this good can still be so relatively unknown to the wider world. For example where were all those who routinely turn out for modern dance, whoop, whistle and stamp at the end of every piece?

At least when Taylor comes over again you will know to forgive me if the site drops references to almost everything else and goes totally Taylor mad.

On to specifics: there were 3 diverse pieces on display...

Cascade
A light piece with a Mark Morris feel - joyful, light, playful, natural dance. Whereas Morris is more folksy, Taylor is the more classical, though all is done barefoot. The other thing that brought Morris to mind was the choice of music: Bach, Concertos for Piano and Orchestra. A piece created only last year, it pleased me no end with its modern feel but 19th century references - just loved the boys lying down and wafting the air as the girls do in Swan Lake for example.

I remember people raving about Mark Morris and on a first encounter really being rather depressed at what I saw. But for Taylor I came out of Cascade beaming at the musicality and luminosity of it all, beaming at the designs (Santo Loquasto) - a shimmering old-gold backcloth was to die for in its sumptuousness - and beaming about the dancers particularly.

A note on the dancers...
The Taylor dancers are amazingly chunky, it has to be said. I'm convinced they could easily go to Bangkok and win Thai kick-boxing bouts. And that's just the girls...

Compared with what we normally see in the UK, American dancers always look to have more chunk and muscle, though mainly in the legs I think. The Taylor Dancers, though, are strong up top too - in the arms particularly. It's an athletic, muscular look, honed for no-messing speed and exhilarating partnering. Taylor also makes the arms much more prominent, often assuming apparently incongruous positions that just happen to look so right and natural in the overall line.

Le Sacre Du Printemps
If the first piece left me on some kind of 'cloud 9' the second, perhaps better known by its English title of The Rite of Spring, left me perplexed and very enthusiastic to see it again.

Any connection with the original theme - of fertility and sacrifice are loose at best, though it does shock with its distorted angular look and the antics of a couple with a baby - for whom the rigours of a violent shaking would come as a merciful relief, I'm sure. Taylor gives his dance the alternative title of The Rehearsal and there is indeed a ballet mistress from hell involved, but so too are a private eye, crook, stooge, gangsters moll, Keystone Cops, to name but a few. The surreal action is matched by the strangeness of the staccato dance vocabulary. You could see this tens of times and still miss stuff.

Piazzolla Caldera
A piece that is all sex, using the Tango as is base. Again Taylor colours this with his own classical modernism and its as 'filthy' and fun as you care to see! And all set off by more great designs (Santo Loquasto again) of a seedy dance room, with gorgeous floaty dresses and stockings. Wanton dance with a vengeance.


I can't finish without a brief mention of Lisa Viola who featured much in the evening - unfashionably short, she had a power, magnetism and above all passion which commanded you to watch and wonder. But the whole company is just terrific - he said with a tipped wink.


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alison

15-11-00, 02:09 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Gone, but not forgotten...."
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   For example
>where were all those who
>routinely turn out for modern
>dance, whoop, whistle and stamp
>at the end of every
>piece?

Fortunately there were more of them by the time I went

Cascade

>A light piece with a Mark
>Morris feel

and a very distinct Taylor feel. Yes, it is reminiscent of Airs, but I love Airs, so that's no bad thing in my book.


>I remember people raving about Mark
>Morris and on a first
>encounter really being rather depressed
>at what I saw. But
>for Taylor I came out
>of Cascade beaming at the
>musicality and luminosity of it
>all, beaming at the designs
>(Santo Loquasto) - a shimmering
>old-gold backcloth was to die
>for in its sumptuousness -
>and beaming about the dancers
>particularly.
>
Glad you've been converted more quickly this time . Yes, it was the first dance piece I'd seen in quite a while that sent me out with a big grin on my face. Perhaps not quite as musical as Morris, but certainly a lot more so than most other choreographers around today. I was sitting in the front stalls, and I can tell you the costumes were gorgeous - delicate filigree lines of gold all over velvety black footless tights and matching waistcoats for the men, dresses with the front skirt cut away and the same tights for the women, very cleverly managing to look like a cross between Elizabethan dresses ( la Prince of the Pagodas and oriental costumes). I don't know how well they would have showed up at the back of the theatre, though.

>A note on the dancers...
>The Taylor dancers are amazingly chunky,
>it has to be said.
>
>The Taylor Dancers, though, are
>strong up top too -
>in the arms particularly. It's
>an athletic, muscular look, honed
>for no-messing speed and exhilarating
>partnering.
>
>
>I can't finish without a brief
>mention of Lisa Viola who
>featured much in the evening
>- unfashionably short, she had
>a power, magnetism and above
>all passion which commanded you
>to watch and wonder.

Agree totally. Perhaps body fascism is on its way out?



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Bruce Madmin

15-11-00, 09:18 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Paul Taylor interview"
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   LAST EDITED ON 15-11-00 AT 09:20 AM (GMT)


the picture is a hot link...

Great thanks to Jane Simpson for this. And there is more to come in the November/Decmeber magazine - time as ever remains a problem, but it will be released!


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