A look at Paul Taylor (1930- ) and his dance company over several months in 1997. Preparation of Taylor's piece, "Piazzolla Caldera," from conception and rehearsals to opening night at City... See full summary »
A look at Paul Taylor (1930- ) and his dance company over several months in 1997. Preparation of Taylor's piece, "Piazzolla Caldera," from conception and rehearsals to opening night at City Center, frames the film. The troupe's trip to India falls in the middle. Included are black and white footage of rehearsals, and, in color, interviews with Taylor, his dancers, dance critics and scholars, and those who manage the business side. There is also footage of a younger Taylor dancing and film of the troupe performing a dozen Taylor pieces. His genius, his roots, his method of working with dancers, and his sometimes difficult nature draw the attention of those who comment. Written by
A stirring portrait of an American dancer and choreographer. This film gives an all-round characterization of the dance world. It shows dance as ennobling, artistic, competitive and gruelling.
Mr. Taylor emerges as highly motivated, articulate and expects much dedication from his dancers. His choreography is highly creative. This film provides a short history of Mr. Taylor with some of his early performances.
I recently saw a performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and was highly impressed. The diversity of his dance shows was innovative and intriguing. This is well illustrated in the film where we are treated to a wide range of dance sequences, style and music.
If you like dance this is a must viewing for you. It also shows the dance company on tour and performing briefly in India.
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