Dance After Choreography: An Evening With Grand Union
During this very special event, Douglas Dunn, Nancy Lewis
, and Yvonne Rainer
, all members of legendary improvisational group Grand Union
--which also included Trisha Brown, Barbara Dilley
, David Gordon
, and Steve Paxton
--will reunite for the first time since the group??™s dissolution in 1976. Grand Union
(1970-76)--which evolved in part out of Yvonne Rainer??™s landmark work Continuous Project??”Altered Daily
(1970), an ongoing performance project that put the dance-making process on full display for spectators--was a collective of choreographers that created lively group improvisations investigating the nature of performance through movement, spoken text, and props. On this evening, excerpts from never-before-seen tapes documenting a series of 1972 performances by Grand Union
at the Joe LoGiudice gallery in SoHo will be screened, with live commentary (and control over the remote!) by group members themselves.
Part of DANCE AFTER CHOREOGRAPHY
Other programs in DANCE AFTER CHOREOGRAPHY:
Nov 13: From Judson to the Present
Nov 18: The French Aftershock
In the early 1960s, a loose coalition of artists, choreographers, and musicians held a series of performances at the Judson Church in Greenwich Village that radically broke with the conventions of concert dance. The so-called ???post-modern??? dances created by the Judson Dance Theater, as the group came to be known, reduced the medium to its most essential elements, discarding drama and expressionism in favor of pedestrian movement, repetitive structures, and improvisation, and rejecting the notion of the artist/performer as virtuoso in favor of ???democratic??? dance. The concepts behind their groundbreaking performances had much to do with conversations among minimalist sculptors and musicians at the time, and many visual artists--including Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Morris--were active participants in a period that was remarkable for its fluidity between disciplines. DANCE AFTER CHOREOGRAPHY, a film program presented at Anthology as a part of the PERFORMA07 biennial, looks at how the Judson Dance Theater took apart the conceptual underpinnings of ???choreography,??? an intellectual process that greatly affected artists creating body-centric work, and remains pervasive today.
Co-presented by PERFORMA and Anthology Film Archives. Organized by Lana Wilson & Andrew Lampert.