Private Domain: An Autobiography
by Paul Taylor
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-8229-5699-0

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Taylor explores aspects of himself that have affected his work. He delves into the creation of Aureole and From Sea to Shining Sea, from their initial inception to the ways in which specific dancers influenced the choreography, including such notables as Pina Bausch, Laura Dean, David Parsons, Twyla Tharp, Dan Wagoner, Senta Driver—all of whom went on to form their own companies—and others—Bettie de Jong, Nicholas Gunn, and Carolyn Adams—who remained as much a part of the Taylor style as the choreography itself. Taylor writes with sincerity, wit, and charm of his associations with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Anthony Tudor, George Balanchine, and many others.

REVIEWS

“An exceptionally virtuoso performance as a writer—controlled, textured, elegant, funny, and at all times fascinating. It’s one of the best dance books I’ve ever read.” --Washington Post Book World

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Contents 
    • Foreword
      • Teachout, Terry
    • Beginnings
    • Sunnyside
    • The Buttses
    • Lynchburg and Mexico
    • Syracuse and Bar Harbor
    • New London
    • Juilliard
    • Black Mountain, Hell's Kitchen, and Broadway
    • Babe
    • Martha and the Orient
    • 7 New Dances
    • Clytemnestra
    • Episodes
    • Spoleto
    • Italy
    • Phaedra
    • Paris
    • Aureole
    • Charlie
    • Mexico
    • The Midwest
    • The Studio
    • TV
    • Babe's Finger
    • Scudorama
    • Pony
    • Katy and the Gorilla
    • Letter to a Young Dancer
    • Berlin
    • Kennedy's Death
    • Babe's Pets
    • Gray Rooms
    • The Red Room
    • Thanks to Charlie
    • Paris and London
    • From Sea to Shining Sea
    • South America
    • Orbs
    • Paris, Copenhagen, and Liverpool
    • Auditions
    • Brooklyn
    • Afterwards
    • Index
    • Photographic inserts follow pages 84 and 212
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