Every year the Paul Taylor Dance Company offers tickets for $5 a performance for one or two shows in the late winter. K gets the newsletter from the company just so she has the updates for this event each year. You just have to stand in line at a (in my mind) random location to pick up tickets a couple months before. Typically you can get two tickets a person, but K was able to go back through the line and pick up two more for the March 6th performance at Lincoln Center in the Peter Koch Theater. We had better seats than the ones we had for the ballet, but from these seats we couldn’t see the beautiful chandelier in the middle. I digress, back to the current performance. I’ve seen the PTDC perform once before at a free city park outdoor event a couple years ago and they are one of K’s favorite modern dance companies. Given the price, it didn’t take much to get me back to Lincoln Center.
The company has several pieces they are performing on different nights right now and we saw the two pieces, Speaking in Tongues and Brandeburgs. The first, Speaking in Tongues, was the longer of the two and a really great piece. The dancing was amazing. There were several moments where one person was the shadow of another and mimicked their moves in perfect harmony. The lighting and set design was simple and perfect for conveying the emotions of the piece along with the costumes. There was a lot of strife, ostracization and even rape. The low lighting with the simple back wall with light spilling through the one opening made you think you were in the middle of desolate area with a hidden cult of some sort. The dance, but also the costumes separated followers from leaders, good from bad. It was really very good, even it was a bit of a depressing theme. I will admit that I had been at the beginning of a cold and still tired from my weekend in Austin, so the low lighting, warm theater, and music made me a bit sleepy, but I did not fall asleep.
The second piece was three movements set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. It was a much shorter piece, but it was beautiful. There really was no set for this piece, just the black walls and curtains. It was very lively and much happier than the first piece. It wasn’t so much a story like first, but more about movement that fit the music perfectly. After this piece and before the final curtain call, Paul Taylor came out on stage. I broke the rules and pulled out my phone for this, but so did everyone else. If you get a change to see some of his work, do, I have yet to be disappointed by it.