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.
The last year and a half has seen profound change at the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The most dramatic event, of course, was the death of Paul Taylor, the man who founded the company in 1954, creating almost 150 works over the ensuing six decades. He died in August of last year, only months after […]
Paul Taylor's Lincoln Center Season Will Feature a Donald McKayle Tribute Performance—and Tickets Are Free
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance’s annual Lincoln Center season will feature a free memorial performance on November 12 honoring Donald McKayle, who passed away in spring 2018 at age 87. In a release, Taylor artistic director Michael Novak said, “It was Mr. Taylor’s wish that there should be a tribute during our season to honor […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]