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ACCLAIMED FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ‘PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN’ TO OPEN AT FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER IN NEW YORK

NATIONWIDE RELEASE IN ADDITIONAL CITIES TO FOLLOW

(New York- June 25, 2015)- Paul Taylor Dance Company and TVGEIS have announced today that feature documentary PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN will be released theatrically in key US cities from September 11, 2015. The film will open in New York City at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and Director Kate Geis, Executive Producer Robert Aberlin, dance luminaries and dancers featured in the film will attend post screening Q and As.

PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN premiered at the prestigious Dance On Camera Film Festival and has been shown at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and many more film festivals around the country. The film will open in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and other key cities in September, giving a rare glimpse of the process and creator of The Paul Taylor Dance Company.

"I'm thrilled that PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN will be reaching the national audience who know and love Mr. Taylor's work, and audiences who will be introduced to this charismatic icon of modern dance.It was a dream come true to be able to make this film." 
-Kate Geis, Director

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.

ABOUT THE PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY:

The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company sets the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. Since the company’s founding in 1954, Mr. Taylor has choreographed 142 dances, many of which have attained iconic status and have been celebrated throughout the world. The Company has performed in some 524 cities and 64 countries. The 2015 Lincoln Center season marked the Company’s 61st performing year. Mr. Taylor continues to create at least two new works annually for his 16-member Company. His autobiography, Private Domain, was published in 1987 and the Company was the subject of the documentary film “Dancemaker,” nominated for an Academy Award in 1999.PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN is the next chapter in the documentation of Mr. Taylor's creative life and has already received acclaim for its extraordinary insight into his creative process. A book of essays mostly for fun calledFacts and Fancies was written by Mr. Taylor in 2013. He has achieved countless accolades, including two of our nation’s highest artistic distinctions: the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

ABOUT KATE GEIS

Filmmaker Kate Geis is an Emmy-award-winning documentary producer, and began her career in New York producing programs for WNET, Channel Thirteen, History Channel, A&E, and Metro TV. Over the past 20 years her subject matter has been a diverse exploration of people’s lives: Saturday Night Live’s set design team, the last checker cab driver in New York, public school principals, Eric Carle, and Paul Taylor. She was introduced to ballet as a child going to the Kirov in St. Petersburg, Russia with her foreign-service parents. Previous dance projects include profiles of Miranda Weese, Albert Evans, Patrick Corbin, Terry Dean Bartlett, and Taylor 2.

PRAISE FOR: PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN

In Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, directed by Kate Geis, we’re shown what the camera has seldom been able to record: a great choreographer at work on a new piece, “Three Dubious Memories.”                                                                                                             -Alastair Macaulay/The New York Times 
                                                                       

The film quickens memories in anyone who has ever danced professionally. “Yes,” we say to ourselves, “that’s how it felt, that’s how we coped; remember that kind of sweat?” For the uninitiated, the interplay of labor and inspiration may come as a surprise. A dance gets hammered out, made to fit, and polished to beauty like a shoe made by a master cobbler.

-Deborah Jowitt

Watching his work with the dancers is fascinating -- he is focused and serious but good-humored -- and the interviews with the dancers about their relationship with him and the work is enlightening... the opportunity to witness its creation is a privilege.
-Hannah Oldsman