"Aureole," "The Word," "Brandenburgs,"
"Diggity," "Death and the Damsel," "Promethean Fire"
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
April 16 and 17, 2015
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2015
For the last twenty-five years, San Francisco Performances has presented the Paul Taylor Dance Company. For a while they came every year, now it's every two. Each time they bring three different programs. Taylor's is the only major out-of-town troupe that we get to see regularly in SF though Cal Performances -- a much bigger enterprise -- schedules the Mark Morris Dance and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company Group every season. Taylor has been around for so long that it's easy to take his work for granted or dismiss it as a "seen that, done that" experience. He is no radical innovator, nor does he have the cache of the new despite the premieres he still turns out on a regular basis. Yet Taylor is a first rate choreographer. There is only way to keep his dances -- a major contribution to American culture -- alive and that's by performing them. We owe SFPerformances a debt for "still" scheduling this extraordinary artist.
Paul Taylor Dance Company in "Brandenburgs." Photo © Paul B. Goode