Deborah Hay (*1941) was 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).