Taylor Tonight

Paul Taylor, one of my all-time favorite choreographers, brings his company to McCarter tonight. As Valerie Sudol writes, “He is entirely capable of building a whole new universe from steps and gestures, each wrested from his fertile imagination.”

As I write this, a former Princeton Ballet School student, Sean Mahoney, is giving a master class at the PBS studios. Tonight he will perform in the Taylor classic, Mercuric Tidings. Also on the program are two new works, The Uncommitted (music by Arvo Part), and Gossamer Gallants (music by Smetana). A few tickets remain

Tango dancing infuses the Mercer Dance Ensemble with some Argentine flavor in its concerts set for Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. 

Trinette Singleton, the acclaimed Joffrey dancer, comes to the PBS studio at Princeton Shopping Center for the On Pointe series on Friday, May 11, at 5:15 p.m. She will discuss “Confetti” Gerard Arpino’s work, to be performed in New Brunswick on May 19 and 20. 

Also on that program, entitled ‘Celebration,” are excerpts from Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, Patrick Corbin’s Follia, and Mary Barton’s Straight Up with a Twist. Some tickets will be available at the door. 

PBS hosts an in-house studio concert on Saturday, June 2. According to Mary Pat Robertson, it will feature work by Princeton Ballet School/American Repertory Ballet faculty, dancers and staff, including work by Susan Tenney, Alexis Branagan, David Sadowsky, Janell Byrne and others.

Of course there is always New York, but after this, it’s a local dance diet until the Lustig Dance Theatre performs on June 9 as part of the Princeton Festival.

If you took my tip and saw Mark Morris add dancers to the countertenor concert at Richardson, I’ll bet you were glad you went. So don’t miss tonight! 

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