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Taylor Made


The following is from the February 2014 edition of Dance Magazine, which features SMU alumnus Michael Trusnovec (’96) on the cover. Trusnovec is the most senior member of the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Trusnovec and Taylor were interviewed for this article.

February 4, 2014

By Joseph Carman

Michael Trusnovec
Michael Trusnovec ('96), in costume for Banquet of Vultures.
(Photo by Jayme Thornton.)

Paul Taylor, the last of the 20th-century titans of modern dance, turns 84 this year and is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his company. Though physically fragile, he hasn’t lost his prickliness, drive or sardonic sense of humor. For the diamond anniversary season at Lincoln Center, Taylor will present two new works, American Dreamer and Marathon Cadenzas.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company has also revived three older works, Fibers (1961), Private Domain (1969) and Dust (1977). Michael Trusnovec, now the most senior member of the company, has proved to be a singular force for PTDC, the central figure in works like Banquet of Vultures and Beloved Renegade. Trusnovec has taken on additional duties now: teaching the company and at Taylor intensives, doing interviews, scheduling rehearsals (“I love puzzles,” he says) and acting as “scribe” and rehearsal assistant to Taylor’s longtime associate, Bettie de Jong.

At the company studios in New York’s Lower East Side, writer Joseph Carman spoke with Trusnovec about his responsibilities and his mentor’s creative process. Paul Taylor joined the conversation midway and spoke about his works, his inspiration, insects and legacies.

Read the full interview with Paul Taylor and Michael Trusnovec.

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