In a fascinating coincidence, La Jolla Music Society presented two dances this season by a noted choreographer using music from the 1960s, and the two couldn’t have been more different. Paul Taylor’s vapid “Changes,” shown here in January, used music by the Mamas and Papas (seriously?) and reduced the 60s to hippie chicks and bell-bottoms. “Pepperland,” in happy contrast, is a work of substance, a celebration of the youthful creativity and idealism of the 1960s … and a profound, important reflection on what became of those dreams.
La Jolla Music Society
Morris can’t describe the dancing in “Pepperland,” except to say: “It’s full on dancing and fabulous, and the music is marvelous. It may be dark outside, but yes, dress in brilliant colors! It’s not hippie, it’s mod…”
As we anticipated three dances — “Arden Court,” “Changes,” and “Cloven Kingdom,”
there was a sense of connecting with history, almost touching Taylor’s long arms, and those he had touched.
Assembling our year-end feature for SanDiegostory.com is rewarding. Our archives are filled with pages about amazing performances, dancers, choreographers, musicians, costumers, designers, and directors. Dozens of local and touring troupes filled stages and outdoor spaces…