America's greatest living choreographer is having a smoke, looking out over the asphalt parking lot of the Fox Theatre. He chats with an associate, appears to be in a jovial mood. But the directive is this: Paul Taylor can be difficult -- or, as Dance St. Louis' irrepressible director, Sally Brayley Bliss, puts it, "He can be a bad boy." He's nervous about his company's premiere performance of his new work, "Black Tuesday," (which refers to the stock-market crash of 1929), so don't approach him before rehearsal, and keep mum and invisible... More >>>
With works such as "Cascade," here shown with Patrick Corbin and Maureen Mansfield, Paul Taylor crossed the boundaries between modern dance and neoclassical ballet.