Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet Dances to Beethoven, Bach and More
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Now in its 60th year, the pioneering Paul Taylor Dance Company stages several of its acclaimed pieces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham, Taylor's not only one of the greatest modern choreographers of the 20th century, he's also one of the 21st century's most daring innovators, still creating well into his 80s. His 16-member company embodies his continuing genius and nurtures new talent -- Tony winners Twyla Tharp and David Parsons are among its many distinguished alumni. Expect a wonderful show of kinetic movement, enthralling storytelling and surprising humor from one of the true legends of the form. Learn More
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While the dancers were of a high caliber, especially Melissa Sandvig who competed recently on Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," the vocabulary of the choreographer was very limited and repetitious.
I would love to see what these dancers could do in the hands of another choreographer.
A world premiere of Hammerklavier, a multi-media ballet set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, widely considered to be one of the most important works of the composer's third period. The sonata, written in 1817-18, represents the spectacular emergence of many of the themes that were to recur in Beethoven's late period: the reinvention of traditional forms, and a return to pre-classical compositional traditions.
Completing the program: Rogers' acclaimed Transcription, set to Busoni’s piano transcription of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor; Ostinato In C set to Sergey Taneyev’s Piano Quintet, and Dankgesang set to Beethoven’s third movement from Quartet in A minor.