Here’s your short quiz for today: What do Walt Whitman, Astor Piazzolla, and baroque music have in common?
For audiences who high-tail it to Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage, the answer is the Paul Taylor Dance Company, who open the season Saturday night at 8.
And when you see them tango, you’ll want to give in.
Live music will come from the world-famous Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble, which is no small matter, since Ziegler was a protege of Piazzolla, who revolutionized tango by giving it a new, jazz-inspired, sound.
These are major artists, Taylor himself being something of a revolutionary in modern dance, and it’s a unique opportunity to see them working in concert, as it were.
While the choreographer has upwards of 130 works to his credit, those settling in at the Carlson will get the chance to see three pieces performed by the 16-member company.
The undeniably hot tango culture, in the form of Taylor’s dance piece “Piazzola Caldera,” is sure to inspire awe (and boasts the use of not one authentic tango step, which has to be seen to be believed); it will also feature Ziegler’s live quintet, so it’s sure to be a highlight. Also on offer is the baroque-infused “Aureole,” and the Walt Whitman-inspired “Beloved Renegade.”
The trifecta is de rigueur for dancers, and enormously exciting for just about everyone else, too.
The especially eager can make it a double header by first catching Ziegler perform at the Dakota Jazz Club on Friday at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Paul Taylor Dance Company performance range from $44 to $64, while Ziegler at the Dakota go from $21 to $42.