In the New Body: Judson Dance Theater: The Transformation from Modern to Contemporary

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1/5: PRESENT TENSE, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Naoya Ikegani Saitama Arts Foundation, 2006.
2/5: Opal Loop, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Julieta Cervantes.
3/5: Leaning Duets, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.
4/5: Leaning Duets, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.
5/5: Figure 8, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.

Wendy Perron, former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, presents a slide lecture on this pivotal moment in dance history. With influences from Anna Halprin, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, Judson Dance Theater ignited an explosion of experimentation by visual artists, composers, poets, and dancers. Their performances questioned everything about modern dance as it existed in 1962. Includes rare photos of works by Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and others.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, In the New Body charts three stages of Brown’s prolific career, beginning with performances at the Barnes Foundation and continuing with performances at Bryn Mawr College and the Pennsylvania Ballet. The Ballet will present Brown’s O Zlozony/O Composite (2004), becoming the first United States ballet company to perform her choreography.

Explore A Steady Pulse, the Center’s multimedia danceworkbook focused on choreographer Lucinda Childs, watch a video of Childs discussing her history with Judson Dance Theater, and read an interview with choreographer Anna Halprin on being contemporary.

References

The Painted Bride Art Center hosts a public conversation with dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley of Emory University. A dynamic discussion on practice, process, artistry, and social concerns will be followed by a reception.

In the first iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater examines artistic process in collaboration with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

Get a sneak peek at a rehearsal of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for an introduction to the world of choral music.

Grants & Grantees

An immersive, participatory vocal performance, developed from the sounds, stories, and movements of individual bodies, will place audiences amidst performers, creating an intimate experience of group voice.

Grants & Grantees

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art through bold and ambitious design choices.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presented the US premiere of Operetta by acclaimed playwright Witold Gombrowicz, directed by Michał Zadara, with new music by Leszek Możdżer.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the founder of Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company.

Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

Tina Davidson is a composer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Lee is the former curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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