Books: Among Marvelous Ants and Bees PRIVATE DOMAIN

by Paul Taylor; Knopf; 371 pages; $22.95

Paul Taylor burst upon the dance world in 1957, but not quite in the way he had hoped. At 27 he was a member of Martha Graham's troupe and already experimenting on his own. Specifically he was trying to strip away the "dancerly" elements in the modern style, to get down to the basics. He and his hardworking group of three performed the results at the YM-YWHA in Manhattan, and a few weeks later Louis Horst in the influential Dance Observer weighed in with the definitive review: four inches of blank space followed by the author's initials.

Thirty years later the...

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