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PLATFORM 2012: Judson Now

PLATFORM 2012: Judson Now presents work by Judson-era artists reflecting their current artistic interests and includes artists who influenced Judson pre-1962 and contemporary artists who claim Judson as a direct point of reference. Fifty years after the first Concert of Dance at Judson Memorial Church in 1962, Judson’s ideas and radical experiments are still influencing the way artists work today. And it’s been thirty years since Judson Dance Theater Reconstructions was presented at Danspace Project which marked Judson’s 20th anniversary in 1982.

Yvonne Rainer's "Parts of Some Sextets" (1965). Performance at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT., March 6, 1965. Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Tony Holder, Sally Gross, Robert Rauschenberg, Judith Dunn, and Joseph Schlichter. Photo: Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA, NYC.

Many of the artists who participated in the more than 200 experimental evenings from 1962–1966 are still making, performing, exhibiting, and touring their work. Their generative cross-disciplinary experiments gave rise to some of the most important movements of the 1960s and 1970s and still inspire younger generations in all disciplines to take artistic risks. Judson Now is not a comprehensive survey but rather a snapshot of Judson’s influence in the current moment. Judson Dance Theater’s mythic reach is vast, its artists were many, its experiments were multidisciplinary, and the energy and vision spilled out of the Judson Church into lofts, theaters, churches, and even to other cities. There can be no one narrative to sum up Judson, which took place in, around, and outside the Church in the early 1960s. Judson Now takes place over 10 weeks. Public events include performances, discussions, panels, film showings, and artists’ residencies.

Danspace Project will publish a catalogue co-edited by Jenn Joy and Judy Hussie-Taylor featuring archival and contemporary images, interviews, and essays.

comments (7)

  • Myrna Minter-Forster
    6:27 pm
    January 29, 2014

    How well I remember participating in “Psychodance” at the loft of Trisha Brown and Joseph Schlichter. Wonderful, insightfull times. Where is Joe Schlichter now?

    Myrna Minter

  • Susanna De Maria Wilson
    1:31 pm
    May 8, 2014

    Wondering about Joe too and remembering a wonderful trip across the U.S.A. with Trisha, Tulip, Walter and Joe.

  • Myrna Minter-Forster
    12:37 pm
    July 11, 2014

    I think about Joe Schlichter and wonder how and where he is and how he is doing.

    Myrna minter-Forster

  • Adam
    4:31 am
    September 23, 2014

    My dad is still alive and on Kauai, Hawaii but he is in a home now. He can’t really speak or do much anymore due to complications of his age.

  • Myrna Minter-Forster
    10:04 pm
    October 11, 2014

    Adam, I’m sad to hear that your Dad is having health issues. In my mind he is still a vital person who gave so much to me during my young years. I remember your Mom as well, and I loved spending time with them in their loft on Wooster Street.

    Myrna Minter-Forster

  • Myrna Minter-Forster
    11:11 am
    November 23, 2014

    Adam Schlichter, are you in New York? I’d like to put you on my mailing list for future shows.

    Myrna Minter-Forster

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