We LOVE summer in NYC. Granted, the sweaty subway stations are borderline unbearable, but it's all worth it when you consider the plethora of glorious opportunities the season presents. From ferry rides to food festivals, from lounging in Central Park to frolicking at Coney Island—the options are practically limitless.
But our absolute favorite way to spend a summer evening in the Big Apple is to take advantage of the long list of outdoor (and, more often than not, free!) performances. Earlier this week, we told you about Broadway in Bryant Park. But there's also Central Park SummerStage, Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn! and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Kind of an amazing performance venue, no? (Photo ©Stephanie Berger)
This Friday, August 1, none other than Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform at Damrosch Park as a part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors. PTDC is celebrating its 60th anniversary, so you know this is gonna be good. Featured pieces include Fibers (1961) and Aureole. The final piece on the program will be a special treat: the world premiere of Piazzolla Caldera, originally choreographed in 1997, set to the live music and arrangements of Pablo Ziegler's New Tango Ensemble. How we're getting all this for free, I'm not really sure—but I'm not complaining!
The performance kicks off at 7:30 pm, but be sure to arrive early to stake out your seats and to grab a little Street Food BBQ around the park. And to give you a little taste of what you're in for, here's a clip of the company performing Piazzolla Caldera at the 2010 Vail International Dance Festival:
Craving more Taylor? The company will host a master series each Friday from August 8–September 12. Not only will you get a chance to learn the movement, but students are invited to watch PTDC rehearse for an hour after each class. Way cool! Click here to register.