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Bruce Wall

Paul Taylor, RIP

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Noooo ... :(

 

And working to the end, I think?

 

What a loss to the dance world, both (originally) as a dancer and as a choreographer.

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One of my greatest dance regrets is that we've seen so little of his company - and his work - in the UK this century :( 

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Apart from those bits of it which were really rather weird, and dark :)   But yes, joyful is a word that frequently comes to mind with regard to his choreography. 

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Very sad news! I had the chance to meet him once a few years ago after I saw a performance of his company! He was a very fascinating man and such a great choreographer!

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As Alison reminds, Taylor's work may be unfamiliar to many more recent British dance goers who may not have had a chance to step outside UK boundaries.  Here is Auréole danced by members of the Royal Danish Ballet with a certain past RB alum, Rudolf Nureyev:

 

 

I wonder what (if any) Taylor is in the RB's or - perhaps more like BRB - rep ... and if they might consider reviving it on a one off basis next season in homage ... especially as so many new dance works in these companies are by choreographers whose background hails directly from the modern dance tradition of which - it is being said - Paul Taylor was the last of the generation of founding/defining titans of the art form (aside Graham, Limon, Cunningham, St. Denis, Ailey, etc.)  

 

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