The Paul Taylor Dance Company - Airs, Cloven Kingdom, Syzygy

  • PS21 "Open Air " Pavilion Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $20.00-$55.00 This event is now over

$55 General / $50 PS21 Members (no ticketing fee) / $20 Students & Youth

Long have the dancers of the Paul Taylor Dance Company captivated the world with their athleticism, emotion, and fearlessness. In 2021, the company was in residency for three weeks, recreating Kurt Jooss’ 1932 anti-war masterpiece, The Green Table.  The company is returning to PS21 with a program of Paul Taylor‘s groundbreaking earlier work, Airs (1978), Cloven Kingdom (1976), and Syzygy (1987). 


  • Airs  (1978)

Opus Number: 68
Music: G.F. Handel
Costumes: Gene Moore
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed: May 30, 1978

“Airs is a new and distinctive vintage, of mellowness and classic finish that give it a sublime autumnal glow. Incredibly diversified and complex. The whole work is a treasure.” – Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post

  • Cloven Kingdom (1976)

Music: Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Cowell, and Malloy Miller
Costumes: Women’s Costumes by Scott Barrie, Headpieces by John Rawlings
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed: June 9, 1976

“Man is a social animal,” said Spinoza. Just below the surface of humans’ civilized veneer lurks an animal nature that cannot be ignored. The scene is a cotillion ball where members of high society are dressed in formal attire – the gentlemen in tailcoats and the ladies wearing gowns and mirrored headpieces. A baroque score vies for dominance with urgent, percussive 20th-Century music, reflecting the struggle between our gentler and more savage natures. As primitive impulses emerge…they prance and stalk on all fours, and their totemic friezes suggest the prehistoric ancestors from whom we have descended. Although the dance ends on a triumphant note with social structures intact, it has become clear that we are not separate from animals, we are animals. A sharp comedy of manners [about] the conflicting natures within people and, more specifically, the darker side that surfaces under the veneer of gentility

– Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times


  • Syzygy (1987)

Music: Donald York (commissioned score)
Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed: April 21, 1987

Full of utterly brilliant and seemingly disconnected shards of choreography. A full-throttle exercise in physicality, loose-limbed and speedy… It simply continues to increase its velocity, its sense of elfin delight, as the dance goes by. Leaves the audience gasping for more. – Barry Johnson, The Oregonian


Photo from ADF 2014, Paul Taylor's "Diggity." Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, @halversonvisuals


Attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (two shots and at least one booster), or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of performance, or a negative antigen test the day of the event. Masks are optional.

Venue Details

PS21 "Open Air " Pavilion Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 "Open Air " Pavilion Theater
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