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SUBJECTS — Dance; Biography (Paul Taylor);
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Documentary; 1998; 98 minutes; Color.
This film covers a year in the life of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, featuring: the creation of a new dance; endless rehearsals; funding the company; touring India; and finally opening the company's New York season.
Dancemaker shows dance as a collaborative art. It highlights the cooperating, yet in some measure opposing, forces which are harnessed to make a dance company: art & money; dancers & choreographers; dancers & management; the limits of the human body & the demands of the art; and passion & practicality. Mr. Taylor, the dancers, and the company manager talk intimately about their lives and their work.
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Dancemaker takes us inside the operations of a modern dance company.
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Modern dance began as a reaction against the formal strictures of ballet. Its hallmark is experimentation in finding new sources and forms of movement. Beginning in Europe early in the 20th century, modern dance soon expanded to become a genre in its own right. By 1930, most new developments in modern dance came from the United States, where there had been no strong tradition oballet. Modern dance rejects ballet's centuries old traditional positions and combinations subsituting movements which come from the emotions of the choreographer, patterns of motion experienced in every day life, or steps from ethnic dances.
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