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Judson @ 50 Fall 2012 Events

Judson @ 50 Fall 2012 Events


Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 1:00pm

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This Fall, Movement Research celebrates the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater (JDT). MR will mark this historic occasion by engaging artists from a broad range of perspectives, including artists from the original JDT, and exploring the history and perception of JDT amongst the contemporary performance community.      


MR in Residence at the New Museum  
Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater 50 Years Later
Part of New Museum's RE:NEW RE:PLAY residency series
Co-presented with Movement Research   

Through a series of discussions, presentations, artist residencies, and town hall meetings, Movement Research reconsiders the legacy, mythology, and permutations of influence that continue to echo from the occasion of Judson Dance Theater (1962-64). A complete list of residency-related programs will be announced in the fall of 2012. 
Visit www.movementresearch.org or www.newmuseum.org for more information.  

The RE:NEW RE:PLAY residency series is curated by Travis Chamberlain, Public Programs Coordinator at the New Museum.


Proposals for Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later 
September 16 SUN 3-6pm
location: New Museum, 235 Bowery
FREE, please RSVP to info@movementresearch.org 
Prior to this program, Movement Research (MR) will solicit questions from the greater MR community regarding the imprint that Judson Dance Theater (1962-64) continues to make on contemporary performance. These questions will be shared with the audience, debated, discussed, and voted upon. Ultimately, four questions will be selected by attendees as focus topics for further investigation by artists nominated to lead a series of week-long performance laboratories and open rehearsals at the New Museum. This event is presented as part of "Movement Research in Residence at the New Museum: Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later."

To propose a question in advance, please email Travis Chamberlain, Public Programs Coordinator, at 


A Pluralistic View of the Judson Dance Theater Legacy: 
Yvonne Rainer & Aileen Passloff with Wendy Perron
October 28 SUN 3pm  
location: New Museum, 235 Bowery
New Museum members, General Public  

The divergences between the work of Yvonne Rainer and Aileen Passloff highlight the vastness of the imprint of Judson Dance Theater (1962-64; JDT) while dismantling the myth of a singular Judson aesthetic. Rainer, along with dance artists Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and others, broke with the conventions of modern dance by exploring task dances and the Dadaist idea of radical juxtaposition. Passloff, along with Jimmy Waring, Fred Herko, Arlene Rothlein, and others, reveled in the full-out dancing and fantasy of modern dance. In this talk, moderated by Wendy Perron, Rainer and Passloff consider the legacy of Judson Dance Theater from the perspectives of their divergent practices.

Some questions that Rainer and Passloff will address: What were you saying "No" to, and what were you saying "Yes" to? In what ways did the '60s affect Judson Dance Theater? How did others in the JDT collective influence your work? What artistic values do you feel JDT has handed down to later generations?  

Yvonne Rainer
, born in 1934, was a dancer/choreographer, then a filmmaker, then a choreographer/performer again, and an occasional writer. Her work has been seen internationally and rewarded with numerous museum exhibitions, awards, and grants. Three dances-one from 1963 and two of more recent vintage-will be presented at Danspace on November 1-3.  

Aileen Passloff
's earliest training was at the School of American Ballet, where she met James Waring who was to become a huge influence on her life. Later, she danced with Katherine Litz and studied flamenco in Madrid with Mercedes and Albano. Passloff had a dance company in New York for ten years and has taught dance at Bard College since 1969.   

Wendy Perron
, editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, had a thirty-year career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in the 1970s, and led her own dance company in the 1980s and '90s. She has taught at Bennington, Princeton, and NYU, and written for the New York Times, Ballet Review, and the Village Voice.


"Talking about my generation": Jill Johnston and the Critic as Subject 
November 4 SUN 3pm 
location: New Museum, 235 Bowery
New Museum members, General Public  

Critical Correspondence
 is an online publication of Movement Research. For this program,Critical Correspondence coeditors Aaron Mattocks and Marissa Perel honor the celebrated writer and critic Jill Johnston, whose experimental and personal voice communicated the culture of the interdisciplinary 1960s art scene. In light of Johnston's innovative contributions to the form, this conversation considers contemporary criticism and the writer as subject. Speakers include frontrunners of print journalism and the blogosphere alike. Performative readings of reviews on dance and performance are included.    

Final Presentations for Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later  
December 16 SUN 3pm  
location: New Museum
, 235 Bowery
0 New Museum members, 2 General Public  
On September 16, Movement Research (MR) solicited questions from the greater MR community with regards to the imprint that Judson Dance Theater (1962-64) continues to make on contemporary performance. Four questions were selected by attendees as focus topics for further investigation by artists nominated to lead a series of week-long performance laboratories and open rehearsals at the New Museum. On this program, those artists share the results of their investigations for further consideration in an evening filled with performance, experimentation, and lively debate.      



MR in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives   
Judson Dance Theater's 50th Anniversary: A Selection of Film and Video
location: Anthology Film Archive, 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd St
0; students/seniors; Anthology Members
(details on individual screenings below)  

On July 6, 1962, "A Concert of Dance" was presented at the Judson Memorial Church Meeting Hall. This historic event marked the beginning of Judson Dance Theater (JDT) and represented a pivotal moment in dance history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater, often regarded as the origin of post-modern dance. The work produced during this time had a profound effect on the way both audiences and artists conceived of the role of performance and the body in contemporary culture. To celebrate this anniversary, Movement Research partners with Anthology Film Archives to host a series of screenings, featuring film works created by and featuring members of JDT, collaborations with filmmakers and JDT artists, as well as the artists directly influenced by this movement, reconstructions of JDT performances, and rarely seen interviews.  

Special thanks to Jed Rapfogel and Andrew Lampert (Anthology Film Archives), 
Lydia Bell & Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace Project), and Wendy Perron.


Please note: the films listed for each program represent only some of the works to be screened; visit anthologyfilmarchives.org at the beginning of October for more details.


TUE October 2, 7pm


Judson artists themselves were very involved in various mediums, including film. None more so than Yvonne Rainer, who went from choreographer to filmmaker to choreographer again. This screening features her seminal film of a performance of a rehearsal, LIVES OF PERFORMERS, bridging the gap between her extensive performance work and the film work that was soon to follow.

Yvonne Rainer


1972, 90 min, 16mm, b&w.



Yvonne Rainer


1969, 40 min, 16mm-to-video, b&w. Cinematographer: Michael Fajans.


SUN October 7, 3pm

MR in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives and Danspace Project
0; students/seniors/Danspace Project Members; Anthology Members 

In 1982, Danspace Project and Bennington College collaborated on "The Judson Project", a series of performances dedicated to reconstructing Judson-era works with 14 Judson choreographers, including Edward Bhartonn, Remy Charlip, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Brian De Palma, Judith Dunn, Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, Aileen Passloff, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Elaine Summers, and James Waring. The Bennington College Judson Project also filmed interviews with many of the artists that were central to Judson Dance Theater. Danspace Project and Movement Research present a selection of these rarely-seen reconstructions and interviews in a special afternoon screening.


TUE October 16, 6:45pm


Judson had an impact much larger than its three year existence would suggest. Many artists were deeply influenced by the ground broken by JDT, either directly or indirectly. This screening looks at work that bears the imprint of Judson but moves beyond the boundaries of that seminal period.


Richard Rutkowski


2011, 65 min, digital video.

This highly visual and visceral documentary investigates the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. For over 20 years she was a close collaborator with and major influence on theater legend Robert Wilson, who referred to her simply as "my teacher". When Wilson discovers Hanayagi living in an old-age home and suffering from Alzheimer's, Wilson resolves to work with her once again. Poignant witness to the transition of a life from vibrancy to legacy, this film becomes the final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.

Plus: additional surprises!


TUE November 6, 6:45pm


JDT was not exclusively a dance movement. Artists of various disciplines participated in the movement that came to be known as JDT, including filmmakers. This screening highlights some of the many collaborations between Judson artists and film artists who were pushing at the boundaries of both forms.


Films will include:

Jonas Mekas CUP/SAUCER/TWO DANCERS/RADIO (1965/83, 23 min, 16mm)

with Kenneth King & Phoebe Neville.

Simone Forti CLOTHS (fragment) (1967, 5 min, 16mm-to-video)

Camera: Hollis Frampton.

Simone Forti & Anne Tardos STATUES (1977/99, 14 min, video).

Babette Mangolte WATER MOTOR (1978, 7 min, 16mm, b&w).


TUE November 6, 9pm

George Manupelli's CRY DR. CHICAGO

1971, 90 minutes, 16mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Lab work by Cineric, Inc., and Trackwise.      

In Manupelli's wonderfully cracked feature, which had fallen almost entirely into oblivion when Anthology was able to revive and preserve it in 2008, Dr. Chicago (played by venerable composer Alvin Lucier) is a sex-change surgeon on the run from the law, forever on his way to Sweden and always out to make a buck. Along for the ride are his faithful companions Sheila Marie (the delightfully zonked-out Mary Ashley) and Steve (brilliantly, and silently, portrayed by the great dancer Steve Paxton, a founding member of Judson Dance Theater). By far one of the most enjoyable feature films to come out of the 1960s underground era.

Plus: additional surprises!  


Judson Dance Theater in Context 1963-1965
A Slide Lecture by Barbara Moore   

December 12 WED 6:30pm

location: Anthology Film Archive, 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd St   
0; students/seniors; Anthology Members   

Judson Dance Theater is renowned as the seedbed of post-modern dance. The performances and activity that transpired, however, encompassed a wide variety of creative personalities and styles. Non-dancers such as visual artists and musicians were an influential, integrated contingent and active collaborators with trained dancers and each other. Audiences in the close-knit art scene, much smaller and geographically cohesive than it is today, also represented a diverse cross-section of New York's creative communities.

This slide lecture, composed of historic photographs by Peter Moore, mines his remarkable archive for evidence of this inter-connectedness both within Judson Dance Theater itself and in relation to various artistic practices outside of the group proper.    

Barbara Moore
 is an art historian, writer, and manager/curator of the Peter Moore archive. From the beginning she collaborated on organizing the archive's performance component   - now celebrating its 50th Anniversary parallel to that of JDT - and created its extensive accompanying research files. She is currently writing a book titled Observing the Avant-Garde: Peter Moore and the Photography of Performance.





An artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focuses on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community. Contact us to discuss your ideas for a Studies Project.



Movement Research is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.



Movement Research gratefully acknowledges public support from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Materials for the Arts, (a program of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Sanitation, and NYC Department of Education); and Manhattan Borough President's Office Community Grants. Movement Research also gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of private support from the Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Inc; Davis/Dauray Family Fund; Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; the James E. Robison Foundation; Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Yellow House Fund of Tides Foundation; from MRX partners Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Dance Ireland; and from all of the dear Friends of Movement Research, who contribute financial support, labor and love.


Thanks always to the staff and congregation of Judson Church for the use of the space. Judson continues to be a beacon for free spirits in the arts and politics and a leader among progressive faith communities in the city and nation for over 100 years. Special thanks to Danspace Project and A.R.T./New York. Additional thanks to The Joyce for their generous donation of ongoing meeting space. Many thanks to Gibney Dance Center for their partnership in hosting the Studies Project series. Special thanks to East Village Dance Project and Goh Productions, owners and operators of Avenue C Studio.


Enormous gratitude to Frances Alenikoff (1920-2012), owner and founder of Eden's Expressway, and to her family, for her continuing belief in the mission of Movement Research and for keeping alive Frances's spirited example of what lifelong artistry is. Frances, you are missed!




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