Document(s): Communities of Consciousness and the Begetting of Deborah Hay

“Communities of Consciousness and the Begetting of Deborah Hay” is from the Document(s) series, a library of commentary on people and issues in the dance field. This repository of essays includes interviews by writers and thinkers on dance, as well as “dance discursions,” which offer opportunities for reflection on the field of dance commissioned by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

“Our culture prizes the objectification of what we know—asks us to store it—not to release it. —Deborah Hay

This essay is a revision of a paper delivered at the University of Texas as part of “An Uncanny Beauty: A Celebration of Deborah Hay Performance and Symposium,” held April 7–8, 2010.

From the essay:

“Midway through reading Deborah Hay’s Lamb at the Altar: The Story of a Dance, I wasn’t just hooked on the story—I was also filled with sadness. I had been overtaken by a sense of loss that came wrapped in words that chronicle the making of that eponymous dance.”

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Grants & Grantees

The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist and composer, as well as his music project Burning Star Core. Yeh served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Alice Oh is a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Philip M. Katz, Ph.D., is the director of projects at the Council of Independent Colleges. Previously, he was assistant director for research at the American Alliance of Museums.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Thomas O. Kriegsmann is the Director of Programs at New York Live Arts and the founder of ArKtype, a management and production agency supporting emerging and established domestic and internationally based artists. In 2015, he served as an LOI panelist in Performance.