Paul Taylor’s Annamaria Mazzini, a true modern dancer


Annamaria Mazzini, in action-mode in Paul Taylor’s Runes (1975), a ritualistic piece about a primitive society (i.e., nothing to do with America today). This great, thrusting leap by the soon-to-retire Mazzini says everything about why modern dance is its own magnificent art form: the way her arms pull behind her, the subtle curve of her spine, and slight bend in her front leg. Her head pitched forward, hair wild behind her. Ballet dancers cannot make this precise shape; nor are they asked to.

Read more about Paul Taylor dancers in the slideshow, published today on The Huffington Post.

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