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

13 Oct 2015
7 pm
Mandell Theater, Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia


PRESENT TENSE, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Naoya Ikegani Saitama Arts Foundation, 2006.

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.