Judson Dance Theater

Judson Dance Theater, a loose collective of dancers, musicians, and visual artists that produced an influential series of avant-garde performance pieces at Judson Memorial Church in New York City's Greenwich Village between 1962 and 1964. Growing out of classes taught by Robert Dunn at the studio of modern dancer Merce Cunningham, the performances featured works by Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Deborah Hay, and others. The artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Morris, the composer John Cage, and other visual artists and composers were also involved, expanding the interpretation of dance to include other art forms. Individual choreographers subsequently further explored the philosophy and concepts of the group, including in multimedia performances and happenings.

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