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Flash Review 2, 3-3: Taylor Manifesto
Dances glass-half-full

By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2000, 2014 Chris Dohse

NEW YORK -- Okay, I'm a big fat snob. I can barely tolerate sentimental; I have no room for maudlin. And I disagree with history.

After receiving hate mail for calling Paul Taylor's work facile, I doubted my judgment and felt ashamed of my arrogance, so I decided to give him another try. I don't mind being knocked down a peg, and I don't mind contradicting myself. I've sat through two Taylor programs since then and read parts of his autobiography, but I still don't get why Taylor has been crowned his generation's preeminent dancemaker. Am I such a bumpkin that I'm unable to recognize and appreciate what is obvious to everyone else?

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