(choreographer, born July 29, 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art form, modern dance. At 80, Mr. Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his recent dances as well as his classics, he offers cogent observations on life's complexities while tackling some of society's thorniest issues. He may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, or use them to wordlessly illuminate war, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. If, as Balanchine said, there are no mothers-in-law in ballet, there certainly are dysfunctional families, ex-lovers, fallen preachers, rapists, angels and insects in Taylor dance.