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Private Domain: An Autobiography Paperback – April 29, 1999
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Knowing that their career days and minutes on stage are numbered, dancers should live moment to moment. Heeding his own advice, Taylor writes his autobiography in the present tense. Explaining the longevity of his well-known dance troupe as a mixture of luck and hard work, he recreates his early struggling years when often he couldn't afford to buy food. He describes in depth his work with Merce Cunningham, Pearl Lang, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp and others in a footloose career that took him from Burma to Mexico. Dance, for Taylor, is above all a means of communicating, whether a performer shares private dreams or mimics daily gestures. This lyrical autobiography conveys the joys and frustrations of a life in dance, culminating in Taylor's wrenching decision to abandon performance for choreography when his body failed him. Photos.
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he is still creating dazzling and original modern dance
pieces, which are seen and applauded around the world.
To read his autobiography, and discover that he is as
talented a writer as he is a dancemaster, is a revelation.
What next, Paul - an original full-orchestra symphony or two?
In many ways this book is like a great Taylor dance. Filled with light and shade, humor and sadness, affirmation and mockery. There is also a sense that much has been only hinted at. But whatever might be missing, there is great joy in what is present.
This is the story of Paul Taylor's life, his work, his fiends, his creative passions. It is well-writtten and understated, and filled with delicious stories and wonderful surprises.
Probably most people who love his work have read it already. But this book is so good, that a knowledge of his work is not really necessary to appreciate it. It's a glorious look into a wonderful creative mind, and never dull.