Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged

I hate arriving at events late, but every once in a while it just can’t be avoided. I arrived at Taylor Mac’s show last night at Celebrate Brooklyn several songs in, and I am sure I missed a delightful beginning. That said, what a performance! It was grand! It was touching! It was hilarious! It was revolutionary and snarky and subversive! It was a fantastic evening, and I am so glad I at least caught most of Taylor Mac’s spectacle because it was one of the highlights of the season. At one point, Taylor had the whole audience engaged in same-sex slow dances — at another, the whole audience created the sounds of an old NY tenement building. The evening was part of the 24-Decade History of Popular Music that Taylor hopes to perform in its entirety, over 24 hours straight! Imagine that! I laughed with glee when the burlesque performers took the stage, and I was thrilled that I got the chance to hear the irresistible beats of the Brooklyn United Marching Band, since I had missed their earlier performance entirely. A huge thank you to Jack Walsh, Rachel Chanoff, and all of the BRIC staff for such creative, exciting programming each and every season. You take thrilling risks and I really appreciate that you present such a wide variety of performances each festival. Okay, okay. Enough with the superlatives already. I know. I couldn’t help myself. Blame it on Taylor Mac’s magical, positive energy. It’s infectious!

Taylor Mac (2)  Taylor Mac burlesque dancers

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