Paul Taylor was studying painting at Syracuse University when “All at once and seemingly without warning,” he writes in his autobiography Private Domain, “my future becomes clear. . . . I’m to become a dancer—not any old dancer, but one of the best.” And by god he did become one of the best dancers—and on top of that, one of the greatest choreographers of all time. Taylor died in 2018, at age 88, but his astonishing body of work remains. Joy, darkness, decay, rebirth, love, sex, sweetness, slapstick, scathing political comment, deep feeling for those who suffer, Darwinian truth about Homo sapiens, angelic expressions of divine order. Taylor’s company continues at full throttle under the direction of Michael Novak. A season of 11 engagements begins at Jacob’s Pillow in September, concludes in Boston in April, and contains a three-week stay at Lincoln Center in November. Go! —L.J.
Travels to: Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, U.S.A. (August 7 and 10, 2019); Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA, U.S.A. (October 11–13, 2019); David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY, U.S.A. (October 29 – November 17, 2019); Zellerbach Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. (January 24–25, 2020); DeBartolo Center, South Bend, IN, U.S.A. (February 7–8, 2019); Purchase College Center for the Arts, Purchase, NY, U.S.A. (February 14, 2020); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. (February 19–23, 2019); Mertz Theater, Sarasota, FL, U.S.A. (February 28 – March 1, 2020); Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. (March 21, 2020); and Citi Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA, U.S.A. (April 17–19, 2020).