Taylor made

A surprise announcement popped up on my screen a few days ago, promising a rare Sunday treat. A free performance by Taylor 2 and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

To meet the dancers for casual, behind-the-scenes chats. To walk into their rehearsal space.

To feel the dancing floor vibrate with energy. To share their youthful exuberance, dancing those springy steps away, in a choreography evoking an array of emotions, ranging from wittingly funny to melancholic, at times frightfully forthcoming and frank, with a touch of loneliness, marked by the shadow of war.

Paul Taylor 2 danced ”Company B” to the songs by the Andrews Sisters, expressing sentiments of Americans during World War II. Paul Taylor Dance Company danced ”Esplanade”, a choreography first performed in 1975 but managed to remain as fresh and relevant today as it was then. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach. 

While, as it transpired, this was actually a fundraising event, the money giving part was served very discreetly and humorously; so much so that most enthused members of the audience rushed to become donors, right after the last applause. And for a very good cause, I might add!

Taylor Studios
551 Grand Street

June 25th, 2017

Takk Sigur Rós…!

For yet another transcendent experience. Even – or maybe because of – the rain. Even in an open stadium with loads of crazed New Yorkers who are completely unable to stand still and be quiet for longer than thirty seconds.

But for those of us who did listen, it was a two-hour beautiful, emotional, powerful, interstellar trip to the centre of the universe. Thank you Sigur Rós for showing us the way to the stars!

Until next time.

Forrest Hills Stadium
Queens

June 17th, 2017

NO Future

Inspired by a letter penned by a concerned citizen. Received at work, in the ”letters from the public” box; that is usually where randomly addressed letters with all kinds of bizarre requests are received, a kind of spam mailbox but with actual pen and paper letters.

A sane citizen’s plea in these insane times. Worth noting that it was sent just a few days before the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

June 6th, 2017