Trevor Carlson Thorus Arts 2

TREVOR CARLSON engages with artists in non-conventional ways, finds new spaces of interaction and bends the traditional formats used to support creation.  Thorus Arts is in part a response to Trevor’s continual pursuit of these aims and his desire to engage in the creative community of Barcelona.  Most recently these interests have inspired his work with the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the film festival Fire!!!, and the orchestra Camerata432.

Trevor has proven himself as a visionary leader within the field of arts management and throughout his over twenty-year career he has guided numerous artists in achieving their endeavors, most notably the dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham.

In the final years in Merce Cunningham’s life and artistic career Trevor served as Executive Director of the Cunningham Dance Foundation, in which time he initiated the creation of the Legacy Plan, a precedent-setting strategic planning initiative to confront, in accordance with the artist’s wishes, the organization’s transition to a post-founder existence.  As realized, the Legacy Plan included an 8 million dollar fundraising campaign to support the company in a two-year farewell world tour, technology-driven preservation initiatives, and career transition packages for all artists and staff.

Trevor now serves as a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, the custodian of the work of Merce Cunningham and the organization that continues to preserve, enhance, and maintain the integrity of the artist’s works, ensuring they remain available for the benefit of the public.

Alongside Cunningham, Trevor played a key role in collaborations such as Split Sides (2003) a work with new music compositions by the bands Radiohead and Sigur Rós and Stillness (2007) and Craneway Event (2008), two major film works by Merce Cunningham and the British artist and filmmaker Tacita Dean.

Trevor is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City where he received a BFA in Dance.  He began his career in arts administration first as Fiscal Associate for the artists’ service organization Pentacle and later worked as Managing Director of the Stephen Petronio Company, Tour Manager for P.S. 122 Field Trips, and Company Manager at The Joyce Theater.

Above photo by Mark Seliger
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