Before Judson & Some Other Things

Tracing relations between the works of Anna Halprin and Simone Forti – their impact upon the aesthetics of the Judson Dance Theater – this essay thinks through the ecological imperative of these works as it reformulates choreography and objecthood. Janevski and Lax’s book, which accompanied a major retrospective of Judson at MoMA, also contains essays from Danielle Goldman, Julia Robinson, Malik Gaines, Benjamin Piekut, Kristin Poor, Gloria Sutton, Sharon Hayes and others.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, eds. Ana Janevski and Thomas J. Lax, MoMA, 2018. ISBN 9781633450639.

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Before Judson & Some Other Things Simone Forti, Slant Board, 1961 © Simone Forti. Photo: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Performance at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1982.