Eryc Taylor Dance at Joyce SoHo opens to full house 11-10-10

Eryc’s programme is well-constructed and dramatically lit. His dancers are committed and their individual personalities come thru in Eryc’s works which this year all tend toward darkness with undercurrents of despair and loss but ending on a hopeful note. Perfect for our gloomy times -Philip Gardner says on his blog Oberon’s Grove


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Much Buzz about Eryc Taylor Dance

Who is Eryc Taylor Dance?  There has been much buzz about this company’s upcoming four night run of shows at Joyce SoHo on Nov 10-13, 2010.  I’m looking forward to seeing what this company is all about and learning more about who they are.  I spoke recently with one member of the company who told me the process is very collaborative in the development of the choreography and that this years show line up consists of 6 short works.  Two group pieces, a female duet, a male duet, and a trio.  The work was described as dark, sexy, mysterious and raw.  We shall see?…Looking forward to the show…I also understand that two of the music scores on the program were composed for the troupe by composer Daniel Tobias.

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Eryc Taylor Dance at Joyce SoHo

Eryc Taylor Dance at Joyce SoHo:
Pushing Boundaries, On and Off Pointe
November 10-13, 2010

“There was an undeniable dynamism to the piece [Quadroplex]… The dancers
maintained a cool, intense tone throughout, and the composition was edgy without being
abrasive. The icy frisson generated heat. As a choreographer, Eryc Taylor is undeniably
brilliant.” – The Martha’s Vineyard Times
New York, NY, October 4, 2010 – Eryc Taylor Dance makes its Joyce SoHo debut November 10-13 with six new works that showcase Taylor’s emotional and edgy choreography of new movements for dancers on and off pointe.  Danced with remarkable technical precision by Taylor’s company of six dancers, these raw, brutally honest pieces reveal the dancers’ inner psyches and underlying impulses through structures inspired by the beauty of the human form in motion.
Following its sold-out debut performance at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in 2009, Eryc Taylor Dance, formed in 2007, is entering its second New York season.  At Joyce SoHo, Taylor will present six world premieres in which he characteristically pushes the boundaries of his own palette.  In the ambitious Terminus, set to music by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, a quintet of social separatists realize they’re slipping hastily toward an apocalyptic end and will do whatever it takes to change their course – even cooperate. 
Personal loss summons the ghostly vocabulary of Wraith, a duet for women evoking the emotions of an unfinished relationship, set to music by Norman Corbell from the video game Heavy Rain.  In contrast, The Polarity is a testosterone-filled duet energized by the music of Tomandandy and DJ Shadow, igniting the secret polarity of attraction which men are all too fearful to express when in combat. 
Taylor created two pieces set to scores newly composed for the company by Daniel Tobias.  In The Missing, Taylor has created a devastating solo piece inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ nightmarish sculpture Cell (Arch of Hysteria) and set to Tobias’ raw piano composition from which the piece takes its name.   Dancer Michelle Pelizzon evokes a craze of personal madness in which beauty and the grotesque become increasingly indistinguishable.  In Song for Quartet, Taylor reveals warm, soaring romances whose textures are shimmering and delicate, belying the en pointe strength and technique required for this quartet.  This poem of movement is set to Tobias’ Song for Cello and Piano.A diverse collection of music by Olvidie, Joseph Mace Scaron and Serge Ancona, and Michael Nyman provides the backdrop for Drown Town, an urban poem danced en pointe, inspired by the delights, excitement and suffering of fleeting flirtations, romances and one-night stands. This sextet presents a constant river of temptation and an ever-present co-mingling of urgent personal agendas which heighten each lover’s experience and sabotage its potential.
Eryc Taylor Dance will perform at Joyce Soho from November 10-13, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $15.  Tickets can be purchased at /212-868-4444 and at  Joyce SoHo’s address is 155 Mercer Street, between Houston and Prince Streets. Via Subway: B/D/F/M to Broadway – Lafayette Street; 6 to Bleecker Street; R to Prince Street.
About Eryc Taylor:
Eryc Taylor is a native of Los Angeles, California. After receiving a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts/Philadelphia and an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he studied abroad at the London Contemporary School of Dance and at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris. The recipient of several major scholarships, including a residency at Jacob’s Pillow, he spent two years with the Cunningham Dance Foundation Repertory Group.
Taylor has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Dendy, Group Motion, Paul Taylor, Milton Meyers, Sean Curran, and Gus Solomons Jr.  He has collaborated with notable artists including Germaul Barnes, Laura Peterson and has been a featured dancer in various music videos including “Les Rhythm Digitalis” with Boy George and Patricia Fields Fashion Shows, and is currently working with Artist Todd Yeager.   Taylor is known for producing sight specific dance theater installations which have graced the shores of Key West, Florida and has produced two summer dance festivals in Martha’s Vineyard titled, “Dance Martha Dance!”  He has choreographed for Group Motion Dance Company and Rotate Dance, and his work has already appeared at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, the 92nd Street Y, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, among others. 

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