Collection Les Etés de la Danse 

BRANDENBURGS - opus 88 (1988)
Choreography : PAUL TAYLOR

BELOVED RENEGADE - opus 129 (2008)
Choreography : PAUL TAYLOR

Costume Design :  SANTO LOQUASTO
Lighting Design : JENNIFER TIPTON

BAC095 / Ballet recorded at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris

Paul Taylor is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. Paul Taylor is among the last living members of the second generation of America’s modern dance artists. He has continued to win acclaim for his recent creations as well as stagings of his earlier works. As prolific as ever, he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, or use them to wordlessly illuminate war, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. This program was recorded in 2012 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and is composed of two ballets.


First performed in 1988 to music from Bach’s Brandenburg concertos #3 and #6. “Brandenburgs” is cast for a man and three women, plus an ensemble of five men. In an unusual stroke for Taylor, he uses the male quintet as a proper corps de ballet – that is, they frame the action and move only as a group, anonymously. The sharp hierarchical distinction between soloists and ensemble accounts for one aspect of the dance’s classical feel. More important, though, is the ensemble’s attitude toward the soloists.


Set to Francis Poulenc’s choral “Gloria,” the dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th Century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered the body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardor. It depicts the experiences of an artist described in a line from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”: “I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul.”


“Beauty is the only word for BRANDENBURGS…[which] celebrates the good things in life. Such a radiant, seamless flow of invention that the choreography seems an entirely natural way of moving to this music.” –
Mary Clarke, Manchester [UK] Guardian

“The best new choreography in 2008. Deeply moving… a work of philosophic as well as dramatic power. Mr. Taylor ranks among the great war poets… One of the great achievements of his long career and one of the most eloquently textured feats of his singular imagination.” –
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times (BELOVED RENEGADE )

  • Director: Andy Sommer
  • Bonus: ’Paul Taylor : Architect of Energy’
  • Length: 55 mins (ballets) & 11 mins (bonus) - Image: NTSC, colour, 16:9
  • Audio: PCM Stereo, 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: French (Bonus)
  • Zones: All Zones - 1 disc(s) - Release date: