Interpreting Dance Outside The Studio

“Dance, by its very nature, lends itself to a wealth of interpretations — by critics, audience members and even the performers themselves.” Paul Taylor says that once his dances leave the safety of the studio, “they cannot help but be transformed into something else, for better or worse. A conversation with Mr. Taylor shows how fraught the relationship between criticism and artistic control can be. He views criticism with a mixture of pleasure and disdain, although he does not follow reviews as diligently as he used to, he said.”