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MARCH 20 & 21

Deborah Hay, post modern choreographer and innovator comes to New Orleans for the first time in 20 years.

Deborah Hay Day Long Workshop

Sunday March 20 | 10am - 4pm
Studio 300 McWilliams Hall, Tulane University
$80 registration fee

Limited to 20 participants. Full day attendance required.

COVID 19 Vaccination required for access to Tulane Campus. If you have a medical waiver, you may attend with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start.

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Deborah Hay Talk + Film
Monday March 21, 2022 6 - 8pm
Tulane University
Dixon Recital Hall
Talk 6pm
Films 7pm

Suggested donation of $5 - 20.
Free for students and members of Dancing Grounds.

Deborah Hay is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher. Her work focuses on large-scale dance projects involving untrained dancers, fragmented and choreographed music accompaniment, and the execution of ordinary movement patterns performed under stressful conditions.

After dancing with Merce Cunningham during a six-month tour through Europe in Asia in 1964, she left New York for Vermont and distanced herself from the performing arena, creating Ten Circle Dances, a piece performed on ten consecutive nights within a single community with no audience. Her first book, Moving Through the Universe in Bare Feet (1975), is an early example of her memory/concept mode of choreographic record. In the mid-1970s, Hay moved her attention to a set of practices “playing awake" that engaged the performer on several levels of consciousness at once. Her second book, Lamb at the Altar: The Story of a Dance (1994), documents the creative process that defined these works.

In the late 1990s Deborah Hay focused almost exclusively on solo dances based on her new experimental choreographic method. These works included The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom (1989), Voilà (1995), The Other Side of O (1998), performing them around the world and passing them on to noted performers in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. In 2002 Hay made a decision to apply what she had learned from 30 years of working with mostly untrained dancers to choreographing dances for experienced dancers and choreographers. The Festival d'Automne, in Paris, presented The Match in 2005, "O, O" in 2006, and If I Sing To You, in 2008. Hay's more recent works include Up Until Now (2009), Lightening (2010), FCA-supported No Time to Fly (2010), Breaking the Chord (2010), Indivisibilites (2011), and FCA-supported As Holy Sites Go (2011).

Following her Grants to Artists, Hay received a Prior to her 2011 Grants to Artists, Hay received a Hay received a 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award. Prior to her FCA support, Hay received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie" Award for her quartet The Match (2004), a BAX10 Arts and Artists in Progress Award (2007), an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Dance from the Theater Academy of Helsinki (2009), and an Austin Critics Table Award for Choreography (2010).

Hay studied at Brooklyn College (1959-1960). She is the artistic director of the Deborah Hay Dance Company.



This screening will include two 20 minutes films: Alignment is Everywhere and a preview of an upcoming work. 


-Deborah Hay Alignment is everywhere by Peter Humble, David Young: 


Filmed in Australia on expired 16mm color 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.


This program is organized by Shannon Stewart and made possible with support by Tulane University and Dancing Grounds.

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