Paul Taylor’s Annamaria Mazzini, a true modern dancer

Dance
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 ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company in San Francisco

Dance
Friday, April 1: Orbs (1966), a reconstruction of an early full-evening work in which Taylor, as a young choreographer, explores the pull of natural forces on human relationships. A highly formal work set to exquisite late Beethoven string quartets. Also Playing (2009), Taylor’s likable and high-spirited send-up of vaudeville theater Saturday, April 2: Brief Encounters ...