Arden Court

Paul Taylor's Arden Court
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Linda Celeste Sims and Antonio Douthit in Paul Taylor's Arden Court. Photo by Andrew Eccles
(1981)
 
Choreographer: Paul Taylor
Music: William Boyce
 
Modern dance master Paul Taylor supervised the staging of this technically challenging work (rarely performed by companies other than his own) on the Ailey company (the first of his works to enter the Ailey repertory). Set to a sumptuous baroque score by William Boyce, Arden Court is a richly dynamic dance featuring striking duets, solos and a men’s sextet showcasing the dancers’ skills and musicality. Mr. Taylor is one of the artistic inspirations for Robert Battle, whose choreography often reflects the expansive use of space that is a hallmark of Mr. Taylor’s work.
 
Robert Battle comments: “We are celebrating a lineage by adding Arden Court to the repertory since Paul came out of Martha Graham’s company, and Alvin was so influenced by Martha Graham. Alvin was also a fan of Paul’s work, and the two of them started their companies at about the same time. It is important that we honor this American modern dance tradition—and Arden Court gives us the opportunity to explore the physicality of the dancers in a very different way.”

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Expanding its repertoire in an unexpected direction, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brought power and surpassing lyricism to Paul Taylor's "Arden Court," at New York City Center, this month.