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 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) andFigure a Sea (2016) with Cullberg.