Dancemaker (1999)




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Dancemaker is a film that tells the tale of this extraordinary, peculiarly American company. Cutting from stage to backstage, the film looks at the rise of Taylor from solitary child to star dancer to master choreographer. It is filled with both historic and contemporary footage of Taylor's 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.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Dancemaker

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Though the dances themselves are sometimes histrionically shot or overedited, Diamond ultimately succeeds in putting Taylor's best foot forward in this wholly memorable film.

Full Review… | June 28, 2009
Groucho Reviews

A pleasingly full portrait of an important American artist, struggling to work in an ever-endangered field.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
Film Journal International

Only a director entranced with dance could have made a documentary as fresh and fine as this one about choreographer Paul Taylor.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

. . . not only one of the finest documentaries ever made on dance, it's one of the most superlative documentaries of the nineties.

Full Review… | April 8, 2001

full of wonderful dancing

December 31, 1999

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Dancemaker


this documentary won a well-deserved nomination for an academy award in 1998. it is about american choreographer paul taylor as he creates a new work to astor piazzolla's tangos. the film also provides profiles on many of his dancers, including patrick corbin and lisa viola.

darryl clark
darryl clark

I am not a big fan of modern dance, but this documentary is interesting nonetheless. Paul Taylor's arrogance can be an irritant. There are some very creative dance scenes and the dancers interviews are very interesting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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