We’re shown what the camera has seldom been able to record: a great choreographer at work on a new piece.
Watching his work with the dancers is fascinating -- he is focused and serious but good-humored -- and the interviews with the dancers about their relationship with him and the work is enlightening... the opportunity to witness its creation is a privilege.
For the uninitiated, the interplay of labor and inspiration may come as a surprise. A dance gets hammered out, made to fit, and polished to beauty like a shoe made by a master cobbler.
Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and admired choreographers. For over 50 years, he has given only glimpses into his creative process, but for his 133rd dance, Three Dubious Memories, he opens the door and allows the filmmaker into his creative process. The dance he is choreographing is a Rashomon-like exploration of memory: three characters entangled in a relationship, each believing only in his own dark recollection of it. The dominant voice in the documentary is Taylor’s, and it is alternately soothing, demanding, and amused. Between the guarded and unguarded moments, the viewer is witness to a mysterious work ethic that has created some of the most iconic modern dances of our time. A Dance on Camera 2014 selection. A Resident Artist Films release.
9/18 at 6:45pm – Raegan Wood and Richard Chen See, Paul Taylor Alumni
9/19 at 2:45pm – Heather McGinley, Paul Taylor Dancer and Joao Carvalho, Paul Taylor Alumni
9/19 at 7:00pm – Carolyn Adams and Rob Kahn, Paul Taylor Alumni
9/20 at 2:45pm – Madelyn Ho, Paul Taylor Dancer and Tom Patrick, Alumni
9/20 at 7:00pm – Tom Hurwitz, Cinematographer