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Paul Taylor Ballet Company in Paris - Bach: Brandenburgs / Poulenc: Beloved Renegade [DVD] [2013]

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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bel Air
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,024 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paul Taylor is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. Paul Taylor is among the last living members of the second generation of America s modern dance artists. He has continued to win acclaim for his recent creations as well as stagings of his earlier works. As prolific as ever, he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, or use them to wordlessly illuminate war, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. This programme was recorded in 2012 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and is composed of two ballets. First performed in 1988 to music from Bach s Brandenburg concertos 3 and 6. 'Brandenburgs' is cast for a man and three women, plus an ensemble of five men. In an unusual stroke for Taylor, he uses the male quintet as a proper corps de ballet - that is, they frame the action and move only as a group, anonymously. The sharp hierarchical distinction between soloists and ensemble accounts for one aspect of the dance s classical feel. More important, though, is the ensemble s attitude toward the soloists. Set to Francis Poulenc s 'Gloria', the dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th-century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardour. It depicts the experiences of an artist described in a line from Whitman s 'Leaves of Grass': 'I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul.' REVIEWS 'Beauty is the only word for BRANDENBURGS... [which] celebrates the good things in life. Such a radiant, seamless flow of invention that the choreography seems an entirely natural way of moving to this music.' Mary Clarke, The Guardian / 'The best new choreography in 2008. Deeply moving... a work of philosophic as well as dramatic power. Mr. Taylor ranks among the great war poets... One of the great achievements of his long career and one of the most eloquently textured feats of his singular imagination.' Alastair Macaulay, New York Times (BELOVED RENEGADE) 55


***** The performance given by his company boasts a display of energy that appears boundless, yet it is so carefully drawn to its exact architectural dimensions. It achieves a fluid freedom of expression in its erudition, yet its reading is never amorphous, but exact in pattern and shape ... it is as if the mortal were expressing the immortal. --Louise Foister, International Dance Reviews 5 June 2013

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Kans on 27 July 2013
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As one of of the last great heroes of the golden era of modern dance, this Paul Taylor Co. performance totally lived up to my expectations. Human beings dancing onstage, no technical robotisms imitating human (e)motion which goes under the name of theatrical dancing these days in too many dance co's worldwide. Great, intricate choreography, superbly danced, continuously emanating the best of the human spirit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Two Taylor dance pieces from 1998 and 2008 plus a 10-minute featurette 10 Jun 2013
By Steve Ramm - Published on
This 55 minute DVD contains a 2012 performance of two important Paul Taylor works created 10 years apart, presented in Paris and filmed by New York's PBS station WNET. Each of the pieces - 1988's "Brandenburg's" and 2008's "Beloved Renegade" ( Taylor's tribute to poet Walt Whitman) runs about 25 minutes. They are performed on a stage with no scenery and the camerawork includes both wide-angle and close-up shots. The dancers are - as Taylor's always are - incredible.

There is a 10-minute "bonus featurette" "Paul Taylor: Architect of Energy" which features comments by both Taylor and his featured dancers. They discuss the two pieces on the DVD. There are French subtitles for the featurette - which is in English.)

I'm sure Taylor fans (of which I count myself as one) will enjoy this DVD.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Ravishing Dancing on Film 4 Aug 2013
By D. Beardslee - Published on
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While I have seen and very much enjoyed live performances of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, I simply wasn't prepared for the absolute beauty, or the mesmerizing and hypnotizing quality that this film miraculously manages to capture. Of particular note is the thrilling choreography and the extraordinary dance performance level revealed in "The Brandenburgs" to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, but "Beloved Renegade" performed to the music of Francois Poulenc is also completely remarkable. What an utter joy and complete treat to behold!
Total joy. Taylor has a certain loose 5 Aug 2014
By Ilmusico - Published on
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Total joy. Taylor has a certain loose, improvisatory charm, and the glimpses into his intuitive way of working is fascinating. Interviews with the dancers are candid and revealing, and it was moving for me to see some of the company's original dancers such as Carolyn Adams and Ethel Winter then and now. No full dances but wonderful excerpts from Cloven Kingdom, Arden Court and others.
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Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
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A Beautiful Modern Dance Performance In Paris 28 Jan 2014
By Zarathustra - Published on
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The first performance was based on Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and the second was based on music by French composer Francis Poulenc. I recommend this performance highly.
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