TLD Interview: Principal Dancer Michael Trusnovec, Paul Taylor Dance Company

Michael Trusnovec, principal dancer for Paul Taylor Dance Company. Photo: Paul B. Goode

We spoke with Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Michael Trusnovec as he was preparing for the New York season at Lincoln Center. As a principal dancer for the company, Trusnovec moves gracefully, fully and with emotion, no matter the role. We discussed the company’s move in 2010 from its longtime headquarters in Soho to its brand new home on the Lower East Side at 552 Grand Street, as well as his own move into the neighborhood—an apartment in the Seward Park Co-ops.

TLD – You’re less than a week away from opening the company’s premier season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. That must be very exciting and also very intense.

MT – A little bit intense!

TLD – For many years you performed at City Center. Are there any adjustments that you have to make as a dancer?

MT – The Lincoln Center season is new. It is a big change for us from City Center, but an exciting one. There are always new changes; we have new studios, we are touring constantly, going into new spaces. Dancers are quick to adjust on our feet. We also have a crew who goes in a few days before and makes the space feel familiar. The biggest difference is the audience relationship to the stage. City Center is more intimate. I am excited about having to really project.

Paul Taylor and Company Captivate Lower East Side

Mr. Paul Taylor in his office at the new studios on Grand Street

Over 800 people stopped in to to visit the new home base for the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company on Sunday.  Lower East Side residents were treated to a warm welcome at the company’s Holiday Open House which included free performances, refreshments, tours and raffle prizes.  The audience, from very young to very old, was enraptured by the dancers as they performed in their gorgeous new rehearsal space.  It was a rare preview of new work that will be presented in February at NY City Center.  (More photos after the jump.)