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Garner + Taylor
Part of: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Somewhere in the Middle is an adrenaline-fueled work that seamlessly weaves together Taylor movement DNA with the infectious rhythms of Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, and other beloved Big Band favorites. Described by The New York Times as “bubbly as a warm bath,” this dance extravaganza exudes boundless energy, with dancers soaring, rolling, and smiling recklessly, creating a vibrant atmosphere “like jazz day at the beach.”
Set to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Taylor’s Eventide reaches sublime heights in this paean to remembered love. Couples embrace an unknown future while looking back, blending bittersweetness with optimism and upliftment.
Inspired by the simple act of a girl running to catch a bus, Paul Taylor created Esplanade in 1975, a masterpiece based on pedestrian movement. Set to J.S. Bach’s music, the dance celebrates ordinary movements like standing, walking, running, sliding, and falling. By using these “found movements,” Taylor showcases the beauty and expressive power of everyday actions, making the audience appreciate the grace in the seemingly mundane.
Amy Hall Garner
Somewhere in the Middle (music of Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, and Wynton Marsalis)
Eventide (music by Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Esplanade (music by J.S. Bach)