I recently wrote an essay for The Nation on Paul Taylor and his place in the modern-dance canon. Here is a link.
And a short excerpt:
“‘I can sometimes sense certain things…it’s hard to explain. It started very early, when I was a child—I moved schools a lot and lived in a lot of places and learned very quickly how to sense who was the class bully.’ So says Paul Taylor in a soft, languorous voice, after a pause. Any conversation with the 82-year-old choreographer—who lives in splendid isolation in an old house on the North Fork of Long Island for all but a few months of the year, when he is making new dances at the studios of the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—is a bit like a game of hide-and-seek. He is gentlemanly and friendly, but not easy to draw out.”
I have read numerous articles about Paul Taylor but never have I read one that was so revealing, honest and insightful as your piece in The Nation – “A Form of Order: On Paul Taylor”. What a great piece of writing!
Mr. Jerome, I’m really touched by your note, and so glad you enjoyed the piece.