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Published: April 6, 2013
Category: review

Paul Taylor Wows New York Audiences

By Rachel Straus

M. Trusnovec in “Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal).” Photo: Paul B. Goode

NEW YORK–Paul Taylor Dance Company’s second season at the former New York State Theater (March 5 to 24) exceeded expectations. With 21 works performed in three weeks by just 16 dancers, it would be only human for the troupe []

Published: August 23, 2012
Category: history

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: A Dance Heritage Coalition Essay

by Rachel Straus

The Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Photo by Nancy Tutko from the archives of Jacob’s Pillow

The dance of America will be as seemingly formless as the poetry of Walt Whitman, and yet like Leaves of Grass it will be so big that it will encompass all forms. []

Published: April 9, 2012
Category: review

A Triumphant Turn for Paul Taylor

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — The Paul Dance Company’s first season at Lincoln Center (March 14-April 1) was a joyful occasion, not just because the half-century-old company performed to full houses for three weeks, but because it raised the profile of American modern dance in general. In the past, the former New York []

Published: April 1, 2012
Category: history

Maggie Black's transformative approach to ballet training

By Rachel Straus

At the height of her popularity from the late 1960s to the 1990s, Maggie Black could be found teaching a sea of professional dancers, six days a week in her New York City studio. The petite and always charismatic Black was known to demonstrate in pink fuzzy slippers with her hair in []

Published: March 1, 2011
Category: review

Paul Taylor and the Quirks of Memory

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Watching Paul Taylor’s “Three Dubious Memories” at City Center on Feb. 22, a flashback flitted across my brain. Performed by his impressive dancers, it reminded me of the style of Martha Graham – with whom Taylor danced from 1955-1962 – and her use of a Greek chorus to narrate []