2014, 86 min, USA, Dir: Kate Geis

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. This fascinating documentary offers a rare glimpse at the iconoclastic artist’s creative process as Taylor and his dance company stage a new work, “Three Dubious Memories,” about a relationship recalled very differently by its three participants.

“In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the form. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who showed us dance’s heart. And then, Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

2010, Cirque du Soleil, 48 min, Canada, Dir: Francis Legault

World-renowned performing troupe Cirque du Soleil created one of its most entrancing touring programs in “Totem,” an eye-popping pageant tracing the evolution of life on Earth from amphibians’ initial steps out of a primordial sea to mankind’s ascent to the skies. From its premiere in Montreal, the show has taken its artists all over the globe, and this documentary offers a fascinating look at some of the dancers, jugglers and acrobats behind the elaborate masks and costumes of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem.”

2013, 104 min, New Zealand, Dir: Toa Fraser

Prima ballerina Gillian Murphy plays the title role of a peasant girl in Germany during the Middle Ages who lives for dance despite frail health. Giselle’s heart is broken by a prince (Qi Huan), but her undiminished love saves the man from supernatural forces. The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s critically acclaimed production was shot with five cameras, and Toa Fraser’s graceful and powerful film adds immediacy to one of the oldest surviving ballets by interweaving it with an offstage romance between two dancers (Murphy and Huan).

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