Polaris (Music by Donald York)
Scudorama (Music by Clarence Jackson)
Sunset (Music by Edward Elgar)
Diggity (Music by Donald York)
World-renowned painter Alex Katz first collaborated with Paul Taylor in 1960 and designed sets and costumes for sixteen Taylor dances. The four amazing works on this program provided this incomparable artist with a canvas as large as a stage. In Polaris, Taylor’s choreography is contained within Katz’s large metal cube until the dancers burst free, and two ensembles execute the exact same steps to different music and to drastically different effect. In the sprightly Diggity, Katz’s canines form an obstacle course the dancers skillfully negotiate. The darkly dramatic Scudorama, dotted with Katz’s scudding clouds, was Taylor’s response to the looming Armageddon of the early 1960s. Sunset poignantly shows the deep camaraderie among soldiers and the devastating sense of loss felt by those they leave behind.