In 1996, PARADIGM was founded by the Solomons Company/Dance as a performing trio anchored by Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons jr, and Dudley Williams. Through these performers and others, the ensemble’s founding goal was to illustrate the eloquence that years of experience bring to dance expression. Known for her two decades as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Martine van Hamel was billed as a guest artist for the performance seen here, the world premiere of a solo made especially for her. At the time, choreographer Wendy Perron was serving as Editor in Chief of Dance Magazine, after a performing career that began with the Trisha Brown Dance Company in the 1970s. Perron was the associate director of Jacob’s Pillow from 1991 to 1994, during which time she directed the Jacob’s Pillow at Bennington program and curated performances in the Doris Duke Theatre.