In Conversation with Deborah Hay

In celebration of Hay’s archive recently coming to the Ransom Center, join Hay and her archival collaborator, Laurent Pichaud, for a conversation about what it means to document dance.

“What my body can do is limited. This is not a bad thing because how I choreograph frees me from those limitations. Writing is then how I reframe and understand the body through my choreography.” — Deborah Hay

Seating is limited, please RSVP. Please note that a reservation does not guarantee a seat. Seats not claimed by 6:50 p.m. may be released.

Doors open | 6:30 p.m.

Program | 7 p.m., Prothro Theater, Ransom Center

For free tickets to the event at the Ransom Center on January 19:  

UT Texas Performing Arts presents: Cullberg — Works by Deborah Hay featuring music by Graham Reynolds, Jan. 28, 2023


Performance Date  - Sat, Jan 28, 2023

The Match at 2:00 p.m.

Horse, the solos at 7:30 p.m. featuring live music by Graham Reynolds

A performance of Hay’s 2004 masterpiece The Match will kick off a day of performance, discussion, and film screenings. This iconic work contains meditation-like exercises that invisibly bind the dancers to the material by establishing a mental, emotional, and bodily rigor visible in the performance. Time Out, New York proclaimed “The Match is a fascinating, vibrant battle of wits that unfolds through a silent score of movement.”

Horse, the solos, is a meditation on the climate crisis and modern survival, with new music by Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds. “Horse, the solos is choreographed in a manner that relies on an intuitive understanding of risk, efficiency, and survival. There is control in efficiency but not risk-taking. Combined they establish the conditions for [the work],” says Hay.  For its U.S. premiere, Graham Reynolds will perform the music live for the first time.  The program will open with a rare solo performance by Deborah Hay.

JAN 28, 2023 

1 p.m. Pre-performance conversation between Deborah Hay and Kirk Lynn, playwright and UT professor

2 p.m. Live performance of "The Match" by the Swedish company Cullberg

3 p.m. Post-performance discussion moderated by Madge Darlington, UT professor

7 p.m. Film screening of "Dear Dancer"

7:30 pm. Deborah Hay solo, "my choreographed body ... revisited" and U.S. premiere of "Horses, the solos" performed by Swedish company, Cullberg

9 p.m. Post-performance discussion by Leah Cox, UT professor

McCullough Theatre, 2390 Robert Dedman Dr.

Texas Performing Arts 22/23 Season


Dec 9-11, 2022 Workshop with Deborah Hay on Vashon Island, WA

“My mind is my body in dance. This coherency sustains my practice.
It is how I maintain and confirm my interest in movement, performance, and choreography. Tools will be offered to support access to your own experience of coherence while dancing.” Deborah Hay

Friday: three hour session followed by dinner.
Saturday:  2 three hour sessions (morning and afternoon) and an evening event.
Sunday:  three hour session, ending early afternoon.


Fall 2022 Workshop with Deborah Hay in Austin, TX

Fall 2022 Workshop with Deborah Hay

"finding coherence in movement and choreography -- for performers interested in both"

My mind is my body in dance. This coherency sustains my practice. 

It is how I maintain and confirm my interest in movement, performance, and choreography. Tools will be offered to support access to your own experience of coherence while dancing.

I will guide a daily collective movement practice based on finding coherence through the cellular body. Writing will be part of our practice. Working within modules of 5 persons, short individual and ensemble choreographies will accrue through the movement and writing that transpires each day. Choreographically the only caveat is that there is no obvious representation or illustration in the movement.

-Deborah Hay


September 12-22, 2022; 10am-4pm

*Saturday, September 17 off


Private Historic Ballroom

Austin, TX




Applications open May 9, 2022 thru June 30, 2022

*Applicants will be notified by July 5, 2022


Our hosts will follow CDC protocols. Masking is recommended and updates will be provided closer to date based on local numbers. We ask that international travelers provide a negative test upon arrival. We are in a spacious and private historic house and ballroom. There are multiple windows and vents for air ventilation. We have access to shaded porch area outdoors with rocking chairs and ample room to spread out to enjoy the fresh air overlooking Austin's lady bird lake. 


Amy Morrow

Details and registration:

Non-Discriminatory Learning, Choreography & Performance (Waiting List)


Non-Discriminatory Learning, Choreography & Performance (Waiting List)



At the end of the day, we have to manufacture our own meaning, our own purpose – we have to manufacture coherence… to make sense of existence. And when you manufacture purpose, that doesn’t make it artificial – that makes it so much more noble than accepting purpose that is thrust upon you from the outer world. From The Search for Meaning by Brian Greene

Early in my career I knew I could no longer accept the values of an art form that already shaped the trajectory of my life. I was fed but not nourished by my experiences of movement and performance. From that moment on my bodily research has centered around a process I call non-discriminatory learning – rejecting the given that space is empty or that the word empty describes what is not visible to the naked eye. Deborah Hay

At the conclusion of this 5-day workshop Hay will chose a small group to collectively determine how to use their experience of non-discriminatory learning to develop a process that can visually translate as ‘vignettes’. The 2-day intensive would include the future projection of a 5-week workshop in 2023 where new vignettes would be choreographed and performed during a week of Berlin-based performances. Performances on 27.06. & 28.06.22  10:00-16:00 (June 27 & 28, 2022).

Thu 23.06.22: 15:00 Talk with Deborah Hay and Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter


Deborah Hay is a radical and influential choreographer and performer who continues to examine how perception influences our experience of dance. She has an Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree from the Theatre Academy Helsinki and is an inaugural recipient of a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artists Award.  She has written 4 books about her experiments with perception and the moving body. Tanz Im August 2019 and Barcelona's Mercat de les Flors have presented retrospectives of her work.

MO-FR: 10:00–16:00 (EXCEPT THU: 10:00–17:00) WITH LUNCH BREAK 
PRICE: 500/440*
*EARLY BIRD BEFORE 02.06.2022 (June 2, 2022)


·       MONDAY 20.06.2022, 10:00–16:00 

·       TUESDAY 21.06.2022, 10:00–16:00 

·       WEDNESDAY 22.06.2022, 10:00–16:00 

·       THURSDAY 23.06.2022, 10:00–17:00 

·       FRIDAY 24.06.2022, 10:00–16:00 




Workshop opportunity for dancers: Finding Coherence, May 23-27, 2022

Workshop Description:

My mind is my body in dance. This coherency sustains my practice. It is how I maintain and confirm my interest in movement, performance, and choreography. I will offer tools to support access to your own experience of coherence while dancing.

May 23 – May 27, 2022

10 am to 1 pm daily


Movement Research, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

For more details and to register:

Film: Alignment is Everywhere (2019)

Now available on Vimeo:

Alignment is Everywhere

by Peter Humble and David Young
22 minutes

Filmed in Australia on expired 16mm colour film and hand processed black-and-white, this poetic short film follows the iconic American choreographer, Deborah Hay, as she reflects on life, death and her work as an artist and human being.

Alignment is everywhere from Humble Young on Vimeo.