Devon Louis, a shirtless Black man wearing pink-toned leggings, lifts Eran Bugge, a light-skinned, white woman who is barefoot and wearing tights and a pink ombré leotard. Louis' right arm is shaped into a low half circle. Bugge's legs are bent in front and back attitude. The dancers are gazing into each other's eyes.

Moving Into the Future: A New Era Dawns at Paul Taylor Dance Company

The past several years have brought momentous change to the Paul Taylor Dance Company: a new director, a wave of new hires, a pandemic, the naming of a choreographer in residence, all since 2018. It seems that the company has emerged from the pandemic with a new sense of mission, though with its core of fundamental values intact.

Go "Behind the Curtain" with Michael Novak

After joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2010, Michael Novak quickly became a critic’s favorite for his quiet power onstage. But no one was more surprised than Novak when Taylor tapped him to be his successor last year, three months before the legendary choreographer died. Dance Magazine recently caught up with Novak during the […]

Michael Novak Prepares to Take the Reins at Paul Taylor

A quiet power has marked Michael Novak’s dancing since he joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2010. Long a critics’ favorite, he has gracefully shared the spotlight with higher-profile performers, contributing steady excellence to works from Gossamer Gallants to the iconic Esplanade. But no one was more surprised than Novak when Taylor tapped him […]

Modern Dance Legend Paul Taylor Has Died

Yesterday, modern dance giant Paul Taylor passed away. He had turned 88 at the end of July. Considered the last of the 20th-century modern dance titans, Taylor celebrated the 60th anniversary of his company in 2014. A prolific dancemaker, he continued to make new works into his final year, the last of which premiered during […]

Paul Taylor Has Chosen His Successor

It’s been a long time coming. Paul Taylor, who at 87 is still actively making dances, has named the person who will succeed him at the head of the various organizations that bear his name: Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Novak. The announcement has come with no small amount of surprise, as longtime PTDC […]