Preview: Figure a Sea, Cullberg Ballet, Sept. 2015

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Figure a Sea, a dance for the Cullberg Ballet plus 6 guest dancers, is a landscape in which movement and sound combine to create a grand and emotional silence within the theater. How is it possible to sustain that silence in the hearts and minds of the performers and audiences alike? The choreographer Deborah Hay creates this new work, with sound and music by composer/musician Laurie Anderson. For details, http://www.cullbergbaletten.se/en

World premiere at Dansens Hus, main stage, Stockholm, 24 September 2015

Turn Your F*^king Head, produced and distributed by Routledge, July 31, 2015

Turn Your F*^king Head is an hour documentary made in 2012 by British filmmaker Becky Edmunds, about Deborah Hay's last Solo Performance Commissioning Project at the Findhorn Community Foundation, near Inverness, Scotland. With a poetic certainty Edmunds follows the process by which Hay transmits and coaches the same solo dance to 20 individuals dancer/choreographers, from 11 different countries, during 10 consecutive days.

"I hope that the film will be seen by artists around the world because it is not only an educational tool that proposes an alternative way of creating dance material, but it also manages to encompass the trajectory of the postmodern dance world of the past forty years."   Anne Bogart (Columbia University and Artistic Director of SITI Company)

The Gill Clarke Resources Fund was set up with the advance on the sales of Turn Your F^*king Head, a DVD resource about Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project. It is named for Gill Clarke, one of the key artists who developed Independent Dance into the organization it is today in London, England. The fund is supported in part through the royalties from the sales of this DVD. The Gill Clarke Resource Fund provides dance artists with limited means to acquire books, journals, DVDs, or music for their professional development and research.
Routledge DVD Package:
The DVD includes the documentary, and is accompanied by a booklet with two specially commissioned essays by Susan Foster, Bojana Bauer and Myrto Katsiki, and a personal letter from Deborah Hay to Gill Clarke.  It reveals the discernment, humor, inquiry, and humility of one of the most respected and original dance artists of our time. 

The film is currently included in the Routledge Performance Archive.

 For further information and to purchase 'Turn Your F^*king Head’ please click on the following link:

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138783768/

“Using the Sky: a dance”

Deborah Hay's new book, "Using the Sky: a dance" is now available from Routledge Books. It covers the evolution of her language concerning movement and perception from 2000 to the present. It is available from Amazon and iBook and should be in bookstores soon. For details stay tuned to the publisher: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138914377/

Figure a Sea-- choreography and direction Deborah Hay with original sound and music by Laurie Anderson

Figure a Sea,  a dance for the Cullberg Ballet plus 5 guest dancers, is a landscape in which movement and sound combine to create a grand and emotional silence within the theater. How is it possible to sustain that silence in the hearts and minds of the performers and audiences alike? The choreographer Deborah Hay creates this new work, with sound and music by composer/musician Laurie Anderson.

For details, http://www.cullbergbaletten.se/en

World premiere at Dansens Hus, main stage, Stockholm, 24 September 2015

April 15, 2015: Laurie Anderson and Deborah Hay at NY Live Arts Live Ideas 2015

Laurie Anderson and Hay are collaborating to create a new evening-length work— Figure A Sea for the Cullberg Ballet. Premiering in Stockholm from September 25-27, 2015, the second half of this evening’s performance gives Live Arts’ audience an opportunity to witness two artists in the early stages of their collaboration.

Live Ideas: Beth Gill's Portrait Study + Laurie Anderson and Deborah Hay
Apr 15 at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $50

For tickets and info: http://newyorklivearts.org/event/live_ideas_beth_gill

Artist in Residence at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, January 15-February 6, 2015

In a unique residency, choreographer and dance pioneer Deborah Hay will collaborate with CAP/UCLA to design a plan for meaningful engagement opportunities with the diverse Los Angeles dance community: practitioners, supporters, audiences, curators, students and educators. Through a multi-layered spectrum of activities, Deborah and CAP/UCLA will work across broad artistic and community territories to explore the Los Angeles dance ecology and develop strategies for increased involvement and synergy.

In Deborah’s own words: “I believe that it is possible for a carefully scripted language created in collaboration with various L.A. communities, to benefit the future of how dance is perceived and recognized as pertinent in people’s lives. Can a visionary shift in language that describes the relevancy of dance prove effective in how a community experiences dance? And can this serve as a model for other communities?”

Also, on Wednesday, February 4, at 7:30 there will be a screening of Becky Edmunds' documentary Turn Your F*^king Head, about Deborah Hay's last Solo Performance Commissioning Project. The documentary will be shown at the Gallery on 356 S. Mission Road.

Deborah Hay’s residency at CAP/UCLA is supported by an exploration grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts program.