“A must for anyone who reveres modern dance”
December 8, 6 PM reception / 7 PM screening
Jamestown Art Center, 18 Valley St. Jamestown, RI
FREE and open to the public
FirstWorks and Jamestown Arts Center present a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary Dancemaker (1998), a vivid group portrait of the iconic choreographer Paul Taylor and his uniquely American dance company as they birth a new work—the scorching, tango-derived Piazzolla Caldera.
Director Matthew Diamond takes audiences on a journey from the stage to backstage and beyond, delving beyond Taylor’s personal creative process and shining a lens on lives utterly devoted to dance. The film follows Taylor’s rise from solitary child to star dancer to master choreographer through historic and contemporary footage of his remarkable creations and the wonderful dancers who have performed them.
Interviews with current and past members of the company give the audience glimpses of the pain, joy, obsession and love that motivate the artists. The film travels with Taylor and Company from the rehearsal studio to an embassy-sponsored tour of India through a strike-threatened Broadway season. And finally, it gets to the core of Taylor’s talent, as he wrestles with the making of a new dance that is the centerpiece of his company’s season and of the film.
FirstWorks celebrates Paul Taylor, America’s greatest living choreographer of the 20th and 21st centuries, through a season-long project connecting audiences with art, dance, music, and American history. In February 2017, Mr. Taylor will be “in-residence” with his namesake Paul Taylor Dance Company to debut a new work in Providence prior to its three-week run at Lincoln Center in New York City. Taylor’s visionary work will be explored through a series of workshops, lectures, conversations, films, and performances beginning in October 2016.
A Widening the Circle initiative developed by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, along with partners including the Brown University Orchestra, RISD Museum, Jamestown Arts Center and Cable Car Cinema.