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Paul Taylor Dance Company: A Guided Tour (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/11/11 02:20 AM ET

The surviving genius of the second generation of American modern dance, Paul Taylor, 80, still goes into the dance studio and creates two new works a year. Similar to Merce Cunningham, who passed away at 90 in 2009, Taylor danced in the troupe of modern-dance pioneer Martha Graham early in his career. Many young audience members don' t appreciate how enduring and relevant his choreography remains today. The Taylor repertory ranges across genre -- from dramatic mise-en-scene, to magical music interpretations, to social satire, slapstick and comedy.

Making it all happen are the Paul Taylor dancers. Finely trained instruments attuned to the maestro's needs, Taylor dancers combine lyricism, fleet-footedness, and a child-like, direct way of speaking with their bodies. Here's a photo tour that seeks to illustrate what makes them so special.

What a dancer: Michael Trusnovec
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In performances last weekend of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center, one dancer was eye-riveting beyond the others: Michael Trusnovec, surely one of the great male dancers of our age. Seen here in Taylor's recent Brief Encounters, he was also fantastic soloing in Brandenburgs, set to Bach.

Photo by Tom Caravaglia
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