Judson Dance Theater


Performance of Yvonne Rainer’s The Mind is a Muscle: Trio A, Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village, New York, 1966
Judson Dance Theater was a collective of dancers, composers, and visual artists who performed at the Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, Manhattan New York City between 1962 and 1964. It grew out of a composition class taught by Robert Dunn, a musician who had studied with John Cage. The artists involved were avant garde experimentalists who rejected the confines of Modern dance practice and theory, inventing as they did the precepts of Postmodern dance. Yvonne Rainer’s ‘No Manifesto’ – (to which she rejects any confines to technique, thrill, spectacle, glamour, or assumed space) came out of this movement as a way to state what the Judson Dance Theater wanted; a way to convey the beauty of ordinary movement and the pureness of dance/performance art. It was a place for collaboration between artists in various fields such as, dancers, writers, filmmakers, composers, etc. Their goal in this collaboration was to observe dance in its purist form. … The first Judson concert took place on July 6, 1962, with works created by Steve Paxton, Fred Herko, David Gordon, Alex and Deborah Hay, Yvonne Rainer, Elaine Summers, William Davis, and Ruth Emerson. … There was an atmosphere of diversity and freedom amongst the group. Judson Dance Theater members were able to participate in performance and multimedia art instillations, or ‘happenings’, that took place around the city. Everyday movements became inspiration for material in many of the pieces created. …”
Wikipedia
ARTFORUM: Judson Memorial Dance Theater 50th Anniversary
The First Concert of Dance at the Judson Dance Theater
NY Times: HOW THE JUDSON THEATER CHANGED AMERICAN DANCE By JACK ANDERSON (Jan. 31, 1982)
[PDF] Judson Church: Dance, an essay by George Jackson
YouTube: A JUDSON DANCE THEATER

Program for Fantastic Gardens, Judson Dance Theater, 1964. Design: Carol Summers.

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