Acclaimed as one of America’s foremost dancemakers, Paul Taylor was born in 1930 and has been choreographing for well over fifty years. He performed with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, but his own company has long been his primary artistic venture. He first came to Jacob’s Pillow as a dancer in Pearl Lang’s company in 1954, and brought a group of his own dancers (including Twyla Tharp) for the first time ten years later. The Paul Taylor Dance Company has since appeared at the Pillow many times, including a 1982 performance with an early cast of Airs. Taylor’s visual artwork was the subject of a Pillow exhibition in 2000, and the Pillow commissioned new Taylor dances in 2000 and 2007. His second company, Taylor 2, had its genesis at the Pillow in 1993.