All movement can become dance, even the sway of a palm tree, a tennis match, or a lady walking down the street.
- Carrie Lebarron
Site Specific Dances
Judson Dance Theater choreographers Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown rebelled against using traditional dance movements and instead chose movement from observing sports. Movement was also taken from everyday activities and pop culture. Through observing people in engaged in activities on campus, such as sports games, workshop students learned that dance could be found anywhere.
In the sixties, proscenium stages were replaced by churches and gymnasiums, parks and rooftops as postmodern choreographers explored new environments for their dances.
Judson Dance Theater choreographers investigated alternative spaces for performance. Site-specific dances were performances utilizing non-traditional spaces such as the walkways, fountains, and staircases. Students worked together to choreograph site-specific dances in response to a selected location on the ASU campus. This video clip demonstrates how the physical properties of each environment influence the dance.
In the 1960s Dance Happenings were the in thing. Judson choreographers challenged traditional performance venues (which cost money) advocating that dance could happen, anytime, and anywhere. Watch how workshop students created very different dance happenings. One group used available options in the space, including the recycling bin, while the other group focused their attention to the features of the stairwell.