Dancers are so dedicated to their craft that their lives are entertwined with their art. Such single-mindedness is extremely fascinating. And not just to dance-ophiles, but to any of us leading more ordinary lives.
Two very different dance personae are the subject of upcoming docutmentaries.
Paul Taylor makes dances. He has been a choreographer for some 60 years, and a dancer before that. His journey holds us in thrall, and he seldom shares his process. In Paul Taylor; Creative Domain, a film directed by Kate Geis and produced by Robert Aberlin, opening September 11th at Film Scoiety of Lincoln Center, In it, we are given a rare glimpse into Taylor’s creative process. Taylor invites the audience in to view the making of his 133rd dance, ‘Three Dubious Memories.’
Paul Taylor at 85 has been at his work as a maker of modern dancers for a very long time. Misty Copeland, at 33, has been a leading classical dancer since she was 15. Her story is full of drama and interest.
A Ballerina’s Tale, directed by Nelson George, is about ABT’s star, Misty Copeland. Copeland has crossed not just the color line, as the first African-American principal with the American Ballet Theater, but other lines as well. She has made the world aware that ballet is athletic as a brand rep for Under Armour. Meanwhile, Copeland’s performances in Swan Lake, or Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo are lyrical, poetic, her movements full of lilting grace.