Lectures by Steve Paxton

During his stay in Ljubljana within Jurij Konjar’s pefrormance of his Bound (17 April at 8 pm, Španski Borci), the influential dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton wil also give two lectures.

The lectures will take place in the Španski Borci Main Hall  on Sunday 13 April, at 4 pm and 6.30 pm.

The two lectures will be:

4 pm: "A Short History of Dance From an Outsider’s Point of View". And,

6.30 pm: "The Obvious Problems of Improvisation"

A Short History.... will be a a general view of dance technique and its implications, how dance became a cultural institution, mixed with my own dance history.

The Obvious Problems.... will be a discussion of Jurij Konjar’s work with my solos, and the impossible situation we are in. And enjoying it. I hope he will join me for a discussion in this part.

After the performance on 17 April, there will be also a talk with Steve Paxton and Jurij Konjar, moderated by Jedrt Jež Furlan.

Free entrance to the lectures on 13 April and discussion after the performance (17 April).

Steve Paxton (Choreographer, Bound (1982)

Steve Paxton has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the ’truth’ of improvisation for 40 years. He has received grants from Change, Inc., the Foundation for Performance Arts, John D. Rockefeller Fund, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been awarded two NY Bessie Awards, and is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly Dance Journal. He was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater, Grand Union, Contact Improvisation, Touchdown Dance for the visually disabled (UK), and began his career studying modern dance techniques, ballet, Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and Vipassana meditation. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1961-65. He lectures, performs, choreographs and teaches primarily in the USA and Europe.

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia.