Dusan Tynek was born in Czechoslovakia and came to the U.S. in 1992. He received his B.A. from Bard College, with a concentration in dance performance and composition as well as studies in the natural sciences. Known for his striking blend of theatricality, musicality, and humanism in formally structured modern dance, Týnek owes much of his training and inspiration to the Judson Church luminary Aileen Passloff as well as Merce Cunningham who personally tutored him for several years while Tynek served as an understudy for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
As a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, he performed throughout the Northeastern U.S., including Lincoln Center. Tynek went on to perform and tour with a number of New York City-based modern dance companies and choreographers including Douglas Dunn, Michael Mao, and Molissa Fenley among many others. In 2000, Tynek joined the Lucinda Childs Dance Company for its 25th Anniversary Season touring throughout Europe including performances in Lisbon, Palermo, the Montpellier Dance Festival, the Vienna Tanz Festival, and seasons at both the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Tynek re-joined the company for the revival of the seminal work Dance in 2009). From 2001-2002, Tynek toured extensively throughout the Netherlands and Switzerland as a member of Dance Works Rotterdam (Netherlands), and collaborated with the Leine en Roebana Company in Amsterdam.
In 2002, Tynek returned to New York to found Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre (DT)2 and has since created over a dozen major dances and held five critically-acclaimed seasons in NYC at The Kitchen, Joyce SoHo, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Brooklyn Lyceum, and Dance Theater Workshop (which Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times named one of New York City’s top 5 dance performances of 2006). In addition to New York, Tynek has also presented his work in the eastern U.S., the Netherlands, Poland and Russia. He has also taught modern dance and ballet in New York City, Bard College (Annandale, NY), Windhover Performing Arts Center (Rockport, MA), North Carolina School of the Arts, and in the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. He has received commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Greenwall, Harkness, and O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation. Tynek has also been awarded residencies/fellowships at Marymount Manhattan College, University of Kansas, Oakland University and the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Italy.