Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance.
The engagement in Paris marks The Company’s 50th Anniversary of its first appearance there in 1962.
is set to Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th Century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered the body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardor.
It depicts the experiences of an artist described in a line from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”: “I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul.”Scenes from Whitman’s life include watching youngsters at play, and tending to the afflicted just as the poet nursed wounded soldiers during the Civil War.
After his own mortality is foretold, the poet bids poignant farewell to those who love him.
is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, and Bel Air Media. Francois Duplat, Joan Hershey and John Walker are producers.
For is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, Vivian Milstein, Jody and John Arnhold, The Starr Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, the Lu Esther T.Mertz Charitable Trust, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and PBS.Photos and other material can be accessed at the THIRTEEN Online Pressroom.He is then embraced by a benevolent feminine spirit with “the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding death.”Reviewing the Gallic season, Clement Crisp in an “astonishment,” praising lead dancer Michael Trusnovec for “a performance of noblest clarity” and noting “the magnificence of the company’s dancing.”As prolific as ever, Taylor continues to offer cogent observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s thorniest issues.He propels his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, or uses them to wordlessly illuminate war, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality.“I hope each person in the audience will find something to relate to,” remarks Taylor during the intermission feature, which includes his thoughts on these two works.He delights in the gallantry of the men and the playfulness of the women in , “Short course in modern dance: in the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the face of an art form and discovered a new world.