Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris


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Paul Taylor is considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. Discover his “Brandenburgs” and “Beloved Renegade“.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris

Paul Taylor is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. A member of the second generation of America’s modern dance artists, he has continued to win acclaim for his last creations as well as stagings of his earlier works. He used to 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 recorded in 2012 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris 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.”


Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris

BRANDENBURGS – opus 88 (1988)
Music : Johann-Sebastian Bach

With : Michael Trusnovec
Amy Young
Parisa Khobdeh
Eran Bugge
Robert Kleinendorst
James Samson
Sean Mahoney
Michael Apuzzo
Michael Novak 

BELOVED RENEGADE – Opus 129 (2008)
Music : Francis Poulenc

With Michael Trusnovec
Amy Young
Robert Kleinendorst
James Samson
Laura Halzack
Michelle Fleet
Parisa Khobdeh
Sean Mahoney
Jeffrey Smith
Eran Bugge
Francisco Graciano
Jamie Rae Walker
Michael Apuzzo
Aileen Roehl
Heather Mcginley

Choreography : Paul Taylor

Costumes : Santo Loquasto
Lighting design : Jennifer Tipton

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“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.” – 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.” – The New York Times (BELOVED RENEGADE )

Technical informations

HD recording : Théâtre National de Chaillot | 07/2012
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 07 May 2013
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC095
Barcode : 3760115300958
Running time : 66 min.
Film : 55 min.
Bonus : Paul Taylor, Architect of Energy (11 min.)
Subtitles : FR
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

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