Paul Taylor’s Aureole
Part of: Free School Concerts
Renowned choreographer and educator Caroline Fermin guides students through an exploration of a landmark work by Paul Taylor, one of the most influential dancers of the 20th century. Aureole captivated audiences when it premiered in 1962 and has been a staple of the modern dance repertoire ever since.
Set to a Baroque suite of selections by George Frideric Handel, the work is known for its elegant choreography, showcasing Taylor’s signature style that blends athleticism, grace, and lyricism. The title word “Aureole,” meaning a halo of light surrounding a figure, is reflected in the choreography’s uplifting quality. The dancers form captivating visual compositions on stage, moving in harmony with one another in patterns that evoke a sense of optimism. The combination of joyful exuberance and stripped-down movements make this an accessible work for even those new to the dance world.
Under the baton of David La Marche, this captivating collaboration between Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Paul Taylor Dance Company offers students a unique chance to discover the world of modern dance.
George Frideric Handel