A new edition of Deborah's book "Using the Sky, A Dance" has been published by Wesleyan University Press (October 1, 2019).
Deborah Hay is an internationally renowned dance artist whose unique approach to bodily practice has had lasting impact on American choreography. Her commitment to dance as a process is as exquisite as it is provoking. Rooted in NYC's 1960s experimental Judson Dance Theater in New York, Hay's work has evolved through experimentation with a use of language that is unique to dance. This book is an exploration and articulation of Hay's process, focusing on several of her most recent works.
About the Author
DEBORAH HAY is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher working in the field of postmodern dance and one of the founding members of the Judson Dance Theater. She is the artistic director of the Deborah Hay Dance Company, based in Austin, Texas.
"Using the Sky weaves together a series of questions, thoughts, and actions aimed at stepping, literally and figuratively, into the unknowable."—Didier Morelli, The Drama Review
"Hay reassures her readers that this question is 'unknowable' but that at the same time 'the process of entering into the question was transformative' although she 'could not say how' (2015:17). I think about parallels with faith, another practice which (although I don't have one) is both, it seems, unknowable and transformative. It's this conundrum which is the lightning bolt from Using the Sky. 'What if'—a real Hay-ism—one can be so dedicated to one's movement practice, so inexhaustibly curious about it all, and yet at the same time be seemingly ready to challenge, acknowledge its banality, to let it go?"—Rachel Gildea, Oxford Dance Writers blog
For additional details and to order: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/using-the-sky-hay/
Following the "RE-Perspective Deborah Hay" events held during the Tanz im August (Dance in August) in Berlin 2019, a beautiful edition catalog/book is now available for purchase.
About the catalog/book:
"The choreographer and renowned dance historian Susan Leigh Foster selected previously unpublished materials from the Deborah Hay Archive, such as dance instructions, drawings, photographs, and correspondence; complemented by Hay’s own commentary as well as scientific classifications, this book is a multifaceted overview of her dance oeuvre from the 1960s to the present day."
Book title: RE-Perspective Deborah Hay, Works from 1968 to the Present
Ed. HAU Hebbel am Ufer, University of the Arts Stockholm / University of the Arts Helsinki, text(s) by Susan Leigh Foster, Deborah Hay, Kirsi Monni, Laurenrt Pichaud / Myrto Katsiki, Virve Sutinen, graphic design by Torsten Köchlin und Joana Katte
English, 2019, 184 pp., 70 ills., softcover, Swiss brochure with open spineTo purchase the book, please visit:
20,00 x 26,00 cm
Photo credit: Todd Wolfson
Announcing: Tanz im August 2019
Tanz im August will honour legendary choreographer Deborah Hay with a comprehensive retrospective titled RE-Perspective Deborah Hay: Works from 1968 to the Present. RE-Perspective assembles Deborah Hay’s works from the 1960s to the present, including two world premieres, newly staged productions and a multi-media installation. The extended programme will include a symposium, talks, and a publication. RE-Perspective will be the broadest institutional presentation of Deborah Hay’s lifetime achievements. It pays tribute to Deborah Hay as one of the most influential choreographers of postmodern dance in the 20th and 21st century. Her creative energy, methods and practice continue to inspire generations of dancers around the world. RE-Perspective Deborah Hay: Works from 1968 to the Present is a continuation of the Tanz im August retrospectives in 2015 and 2017 for Rosemary Butcher and La Ribot.
Deborah Hay (*1941) was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater and toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Throughout her career, she continuously wrote and published while also developing her own experimental methodology for dance practice and choreography, which she applied in her work with both amateurs and professional dancers. Commissioned works were created for The Forsythe Company and Cullberg Ballet, among others. Last year, MoMA opened their major exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, which features Hay’s work alongside that of her pioneering dance contemporaries Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton and others.
Deborah Hay has been a guest at Tanz im August three times before, with If I sing to you (2008), No time to fly (2012) and Figure a Sea with Cullberg Ballet (2016). For more information on the RE-Perspective Deborah Hay, visit this link.
The 31st edition of Tanz im August will take place from August 9 to August 31 2019. The Early Bird ticket pre-sale for selected productions will start on April 10.
Tanz im August is presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.