Dance: Surefooted

An Oscar-nominated portrait of Paul Taylor

Matthew Diamond's Dancemaker might be the best dance documentary ever. Mind you, it's hard to make a boring backstage movie--every theatergoer secretly longs to know what wild shenanigans are going on behind the curtain--and it doesn't hurt that the star of Dancemaker, Paul Taylor, is one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century. But Diamond's Oscar-nominated film is as much about the hardworking members of the Taylor company as about their enigmatic boss, and one of the most impressive things about Dancemaker is the way in which the details of the dancers' daily routine--the stresses of touring, the scourge of...

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