Private Domain: An Autobiography / Edition 1

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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.

The memoirs of the famed dancer and choreographer. "One of the best and most candid theater books to appear in a long time." Time

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Editorial Reviews

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“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
Marcia B. Siegal
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
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (April 21)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956990
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 1,522,972
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Beginnings 3
Sunnyside 10
The Buttses 13
Lynchburg and Mexico 18
Syracuse and Bar Harbor 24
New London 32
Juilliard 42
Black Mountain, Hell's Kitchen, and Broadway 48
Babe 60
Martha and the Orient 65
7 New Dances 75
Clytemnestra 81
Episodes 88
Spoleto 95
Italy 103
Phaedra 113
Paris 121
Aureole 132
Charlie 141
Mexico 146
The Midwest 157
The Studio 162
TV 164
Babe's Finger 166
Scudorama 168
Pony 177
Katy and the Gorilla 179
Letter to a Young Dancer 181
Berlin 183
Kennedy's Death 189
Babe's Pets 191
Gray Rooms 193
The Red Room 198
Thanks to Charlie 217
Paris and London 219
From Sea to Shining Sea 222
South America 236
Orbs 268
Paris, Copenhagen, and Liverpool 273
Auditions 325
Brooklyn 329
Afterwards 354
Index 365
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