09/14/2012 07:59 am ET Updated Nov 14, 2012

A Form Of Order: On Paul Taylor

"I can sometimes sense certain's hard to explain. It started very early, when I was a child--I moved schools a lot and lived in a lot of places and learned very quickly how to sense who was the class bully." So says Paul Taylor in a soft, languorous voice, after a pause. Any conversation with the 82-year-old choreographer--who lives in splendid isolation in an old house on the North Fork of Long Island for all but a few months of the year, when he is making new dances at the studios of the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Manhattan's Lower East Side--is a bit like a game of hide-and-seek. He is gentlemanly and friendly, but not easy to draw out.

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