By Walter Rutledge
Following a record-shattering 2012 inaugural Lincoln Center season the Paul Taylor Dance Company will returns to the David H. Koch Theater from Tuesday, March 5th through Sunday, March 24th. The season will present twenty works spanning seven decades; celebrating Taylor’s artistic achievements from the 1950s through the present day. There will be a New York première, To Make Crops Grow, set to music by Ferde Grofé, and the World Premiere of Perpetual Dawn, which marks Taylor’s 138th dance.
The season will feature many milestones including the revival of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) 100 years after the première of the original Sacre during the 1913 Paris season of the Ballet Russe. There will be three landmark celebrations, the 50th anniversary of Scudorama; and the 25th anniversaries of the exuberant Brandenburgs, and his Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues. A special celebration of the two 25th Anniversary pieces will take place on Wednesday, March 6, when every seat in the house will cost just $5. The result of one of the great artistic “collaborations” in the history of dance, will make it possible for every program this season to present one of the Taylor’s six masterworks set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Junction, Brandenburgs, Esplanade, Musical Offering, Cascade and Promethean Fire.
Following the opening night Tuesday, March 5 Gala the Paul Taylor Dance Company performances will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. The schedule of performances for the first week is: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30pm: Gala Performance Junction • 3 Epitaphs • Perpetual Dawn (world première) • Offenbach Overtures; Wednesday, March 6, 7pm: Speaking in Tongues, Brandenburgs; Thursday, March 7, 7pm: Gossamer Gallants, Eventide, Esplanade; Friday, March 8, 8pm: Junction, 3 Epitaphs, To Make Crops Grow (New York première), Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal); Saturday, March 9, 3pm: Cascade, Eventide, Company B; Saturday, March 9, 8pm: Speaking in Tongues, Promethean Fire; Sunday, March 10, 3pm: Offenbach Overtures, Perpetual Dawn (world première), Promethean Fire.
Ticket prices for all performances except March 6 are $10, $30, $55, $80, $110 and $160. Tickets are available through David H. Koch Theater box office or by visiting www.ptdc.org/tickets.
In Photo: 1) Michelle Fleet 2) Fleet and Parisa Khobdeh
Photo Credit: 1) Tom Caravaglia 2) Paul B. Goode
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