Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Mahaiwe with three region premieres


GREAT BARRINGTON >> Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform three New England premieres when the troupe returns to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center this weekend for its ninth consecutive summer.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday afternoon's performance is billed as a family matinee.

The New England premieres are of Paul Taylor's 143rd dance, "Sullivaniana" (2015, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan) and his 144th work, "Dilly Dilly" (2016, songs sung by Burl Ives), as well as guest choreographer Doug Elkins' "The Weight of Smoke."

The diverse programs also will include Taylor masterworks from various eras, including "Profiles" (1976, commissioned score by Jan Radzynski), "Snow White" (1983, commissioned score by Donald York), "Spindrift" (1993, music by Arnold Schoenberg)," and "Beloved Renegade" (2008, music by Francis Poulenc).

Elkins' "The Weight of Smoke" (set to an original score by Justin Levine and Matt Stine, with additional music by Handel) was commissioned by Taylor and made on his dancers.

Elkins and Larry Keigwin are the first choreographers to be selected to take part in Taylor Company Commissions, Taylor's new initiative. In this piece, Elkins investigates the legacy and influence of Taylor's body of work on his own choreography. The title refers to the opening parable of the film "Smoke," written by Paul Auster — how does one measure the residue of accumulated experience, "the weight of smoke?"

A virtuoso dancer for 20 years, Taylor turned exclusively to choreography in 1974; the dance that followed, "Esplanade," was hailed an instant classic. His works are performed by the Taylor Company, Taylor 2, and ballet and modern dance companies the world over. In 2015, he established Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance to bring to New York's Lincoln Center great dances of the past and present by other modern choreographers, and works by the next generation of choreographers working directly on his Company. A Kennedy Center honoree, he is the author of the acclaimed autobiography, "Private Domain."

He continues to create at least two new works annually for his 16-member company.

Complete program and ticket information is available online at Ticket information also is available by phone at (413) 528-0100 or directly at the Mahaiwe box office, 14 Castle St.

Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and three hours before show times.


FRIDAY: "Snow White," "Profiles," "Sullivaniana," and "Spindrift." 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Family matinee, featuring excerpts from "Snow White" and "Dilly Dilly," plus a Q&A with a Paul Taylor company member. 3 p.m.

SATURDAY: "The Weight of Smoke," "Dilly Dilly," and "Beloved Renegade." 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $65-$25; Mahaiwe ArtSmart Tix — $15 (age 30 and younger — limited number available per performance); family matinee — $20 (general admission) per family of up to six people; additional family member tickets — $5 per person

How: (413) 528-0100;; in person at Mahaiwe box office — 14 Castle St.


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