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Michael Tracy

PilobolusApril 2007

Michael Tracy is an artistic director of Pilobolus, the Dartmouth-founded dance company, a position he has held since 1974. He was born in Florence and raised in New England. He began studying choreography in 1969 with Ray Cook and Alison Chase and began collaborating with the other directors of Pilobolus in 1970, before graduating from Dartmouth College in 1973. In 1980 he became the sole artistic director touring with Pilobolus, training, directing and performing with the company through 1987.

Pilobolus is recognized as a major American dance company of international acclaim. Founded by three students in a dance class at Dartmouth in 1971, the dance group uses a unique weight-sharing approach to partnering, what Robby Barnett, one of the three artistic directors, called “four men twisted together like proteins.” The company remains a deeply collaborative effort with an executive director, three artistic directors and seven dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied repertoires in the field.

Last Updated: 9/14/09