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Title Steve Paxton : speaking of dance / directed and produced by Douglas Rosenberg
Published Oregon, WI : American Dance Festival, [p1994]
copyright 1996
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (78 min.)
Series Dance in video
Speaking of dance
Speaking of dance.
Dance in video.
Summary Steve Paxton recalls beginning his long career in dance in Arizona, following his training in gymnastics. He describes the predominant novelistic and literary bias of modern dance (exemplified by the works of Martha Graham) during his early years of study at Connecticut College, and the contrasting painterly/scientific stage vision of Alwin Nikolais. Turning to the subject of Merce Cunningham, in whose company he danced, he discusses the ramifications of Cunningham's use of chance procedures ; and describes the vicissitudes of touring with Cunningham's company, which included composer John Cage and artist Robert Rauschenberg. Providing a dancer's view of performing Cunningham's choreography, he contrasts it with contact improvisation and the work of Cunningham's contemporaries Graham, Helen Tamiris, and José Limón. He discusses his participation in Robert Ellis Dunn's dance workshop and its outgrowth, Judson Dance Theater, and recalls the artistic ferment of the times. He discusses contact improvisation, which he began to teach at Bennington College and introduced to New York City in 1972. Other topics include his attraction to the Japanese martial art of aikido ; making a living in dance ; the longevity of modern dancers as performers ; modern dance as an antidote to traditional western attitudes towards the body
Notes Presented by the American Dance Festival
Previously released on DVD
Series subtitle: Conversations with contemporary masters of American modern dance
Subject Cage, John.
Cunningham, Merce.
Dunn, Robert Ellis.
Graham, Martha.
Nikolais, Alwin.
Paxton, Steve -- Interviews.
Paxton, Steve.
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008.
Judson Dance Theater.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Choreographers -- United States -- Interviews.
Contact improvisation
Dancers -- United States -- Interviews.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Myers, Gerald.
Myers, Martha.
Paxton, Steve.
Reinhart, Charles L.
Reinhart, Stephanie.
Rosenberg, Douglas.
American Dance Festival Video (Firm)
American Dance Festival.
Other Titles Speaking of dance
Steve Paxton