Trailer for ‘Paul Taylor: Creative Domain’ Shows a Choreographer at Work


Paul Taylor Creative Domain PosterPaul Taylor: Creative Domain offers viewers the chance to see a creator at work. The film mixes interviews with Taylor and those who work with him and clips of him at work. The much-honored dancer and choreographer continues to be busy and productive in his eighties, creating new works. A small sampling of his awards are the National Medal of Arts in 1993, the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1995, three Guggenheim Fellowships, numerous honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award. He was also elected to knighthood by the French government, reaching Commandeur in 1990.

Official Synopsis for Paul Taylor: Creative Domain

Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and admired choreographers. For 60 years he has given only glimpses into his creative process, but for his 133rd dance, ‘Three Dubious Memories,’ the audience is allowed into his studio.PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN is an in-depth exploration of how Mr. Taylor creates a single work.

The film begins with Mr. Taylor dancing in his youth, describing the nature of dance, ‘you learn to live day to day, hour to hour.’ We leap to Mr.Taylor present day, now in his 80’s, still living his life in the moment, with his mind intently focused on his next dance. His new work is a Rashomon-inspired exploration of memory, three characters entangled in a relationship, and each believing only in their own dark memory of it.

Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we witness Mr. Taylor’s verbal and non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is his power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul Taylor’s and between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding.

Directed by: Kate Geis
Executive Producer: Robert Aberlin
Cinematographer: Tom Hurwitz

Paul Taylor at work

Scheduled showings:

New York, NY
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Sept 11th – Sept 17th

Washington, DC
Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Sept 18th
One Week Only

Dallas, TX
Texas Theater
Sept 20th & 21st

Pasadena, CA
Playhouse 7
Sept 21st & 22nd

North Hollywood, CA
Noho 7
Sept 21st & 22nd

Claremont, CA
Claremont 5
Sept 21st & 22nd

West Los Angeles, CA
Sept 21st & 22nd

Beverly Hills, CA
Music Hall 3
Sept 21st & 22nd

Boston, MA
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Sept 23rd – Oct 1st

Lambertville, NJ
ACME Screening Room
Sept 25th

Santa Ana, CA
South Coast Village
Sept 27th

Palm Springs, CA
Camelot Theater
Sept 29th – Oct 1st

Santa Fe, NM
Center for Contemporary Art
Opens Oct 2nd
One Week Only

Hartford, CT
Real Art Ways
Opens Oct 2nd
One Week Only

Providence, RI
Cable Car Cinema
Opens Oct 2nd
One Week Only

Spokane, WA
The Magic Lantern Theatre
Oct 2nd

Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oct 8th

Berkeley, CA
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
Oct 9th

Sebastopol, CA
Rialto Cinemas Sebastapol
Oct 9th

Chicago, IL
Gene Siskel Film Center
Opens Oct 9th
One Week Only

Hunter, NY
Mountain Cinema
Oct 9th – 11th

Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center
Oct 10th

Pelham, NY
Pelham Picture House
Oct 15th

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Museum of Art
Oct 16th & 18th

Fort Worth, TX
Modern Art Museum
of Fort Worth
Nov 6th – 8th

Seattle, WA
Northwest Film Forum
Dec 4th – 6th

Special Events

Stamford, CT
Avon Theater
Sept 3rd


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