Music and dance, dance and music

Just as the Russians– from Balanchine to Baryshnikov and Ratmansky, and the visiting Mikhailovski– have uplifted the standards for a vibrant ballet scene, so Americans have ignited modern dance.

Paul Taylor rehearsing his dancers.
Paul Taylor rehearsing his dancers.

Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp are all preeminent practitioners. Paul Taylor may be one of the most prolific of the lot. His 141st choreographed piece, Sea Lark, premieres in Des Moines over the weekend. At 84, he is still making dances which are poetry for the body. His company, recently re-named Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, is athletic, agile and graceful. They will bring their glorious brand of movement to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from March 11th through March 29th.

Before the Taylor season, The David H. Koch will play host to a ballet company visiting New York for the first time in its 80+ year history. The Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet Company will be on stage, with a live orchestra, from November 11th through the 23rd, when it will head out to the West Coast. They finish their tour at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California from November 28th through the 30th.

The Mihailovsky in Don Quixote. Ivan Vasiliev. Photo by Stas Levshin
The Mikhailovsky in Don Quixote. Ivan Vasiliev. Photo by Stas Levshin

See also http://lnkd.in/dRcYisB and http://wp.me/p5gEnW-6 about The Mikhailovsky visit.
Tickets are available now. The schedule for their tour in NYC is at http://www.davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoMB.html

For Paul Taylor coverage from the 2013 season, visit http://tbontheaisleatheaterdiary.blogspot.com/2014/03/depression-era-dance-contests.html or
http://tbontheaisleatheaterdiary.blogspot.com/2014/03/paul-taylors-ever-lively-dance.html
The Paul Taylor American Modern Dance spring schedule is at http://www.davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoPT.html, where you may purchase tickets for the run.

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