here is the program for the performance-
The HT critic was less enthusiastic than I was and less generous in her review-
"Paul Taylor Dance Company's program of three works, spanning from 1988 to 2007, provided a refreshing opportunity for locals to expand their dance horizons. This is a very different looking company than the Sarasota Ballet, made up largely of veteran dancers, many of whom have been with Taylor for a decade or even two. Their maturity, in particular the men, provided a startling visual contrast to the youthful slightness of the local dancers, provoking one patron near me to remark: "Isn't it fun to see grownups dancing?" Taylor is, of course, one of modern dance's most seminal figures. His body of work is immense, diverse and still growing — he continues, at age 86, to make, on average, two new dances a year.
"Brandenburgs," created nearly 30 years ago, opened the program. Set to Bach's familiar Brandenburg Concertos, with five men in green velvet, tank-topped unitards, three women in muddy brown dresses with embroidered ribbon trim and one male soloist (Michael Trusnovec) with a bare chest and mustard colored tights, it reduced Taylor's enormous vocabulary to an eventually tedious barrage of leaps, skips, runs and twirls, frustratingly choreographed with a step matching almost every note.
"The dancers were heroic in managing to make it through this marathon of activity. The corps men skipped and bounced and leapt gaily through changing patterns while the women, with lots of scooping arms and off center leg extensions, twirled like whirling dervishes, seeming almost drunk on their movement. Meanwhile Trusnovec did a lot of slow walking about, looking intently at this bevy of handmaidens and begging us to admire his lean and chiseled torso. (Given that he has been with PTDC for two decades, it was, in fact, pretty admirable.)"
The second piece was quite somber- the set was lovely and the stark lighting in silhouette as the number opened, promised great things but I wasn't moved by this piece in the same way as the first - but the critic preferred this one over the other two numbers-
up tomorrow a concert in Tampa by John McCutcheon... and later in the week - a Fogartyville concert and a visit from friend Jean (one of the Salzburg group- currently living in Maine)--- stay tuned...