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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Taylor, music by Handel, and lighting by T. Skelton. Premiered 4 Aug. 1962 at Connecticut College, New London, by the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Taylor, Elizabeth Walton, Wagoner, Sharon Kinney, and Renee Kimball. A lyrical, buoyant dance which at the time marked Taylor's stylistic break from the American avant-garde. Its choreography fuses the blunt power of modern dance with the elevation of ballet, and at the time was seen as a rejection of the twin poles of modern dance then prevalent—the darkly dramatic and the abstractly cerebral. It has entered the repertories of many companies including Royal Danish Ballet (1968), Paris Opera Ballet (1974), and London Festival Ballet (1985).

Subjects: Dance.


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