You can't keep Cock Robin down
By Jackie McGlone for Scotland on Sunday
PAUL Taylor, the 72-year-old dance genius, is an elusive character. "Interviews with him are like gold dust," whispers his publicist, before ushering me into the presence of the great man some rank among the leading American storytellers, such as the novelist William Faulkner.
Tall, loose-limbed and square-shouldered, Taylor still has all the vestiges of the matinee-idol good looks that labelled him one of the most handsome men on the dance scene in the second half of the last century. He has created more than 100 dances since founding his own company in 1954 and is laden with awards, including an Emmy and a knighthood from the French government.
He is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, and in 1992 President Bill Clinton pinned the National Medal for the Arts on him. He has been an inspiration to his students, such as Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch. click for more
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Paul Taylor has scandalised the world of dance with his groundbreaking conceptual choreography since the 1950s. He tells Ellie Carr what keeps him going in The Sunday Herald.
PAUL Taylor is disappointed that the conflict is over. 'I kinda liked the war,' says the 72-year-old American choreo grapher, flashing the first of many mischievous smiles. 'I keep trying to start it again.'
We're sitting in the foyer of London's Savoy Hotel, discussing a war fought not with guns and cluster bombs, but with ballet shoes and heavily muscled quadriceps. The 'war' this tall, shyly funny veteran dance-maker is referring to is that long-fought between the opposing camps of classical ballet and modern dance.
These days, despite his impish chuckling, even the entrenched Taylor has called something of a truce -- his New York-based Paul Taylor Dance Company recently shared a platform with Houston Ballet, who dance several of his works. He admits with a grin: 'I like selling my work to ballet companies.' click for more