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Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done


Huddlefrom Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions. Photo: Jason Riker

See More: ➡️ https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/31

“The exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done features five of the nine Dance Constructions, and is the longest public performance of the Dance Constructions since their acquisition into MoMA’s collection in 2015. These specific works were selected for their importance to the group of dancers that would go on to form Judson Dance Theater in the basement of Judson Memorial Church. The Dance Constructions are performed every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. over the course of the exhibition. over the course of the exhibition. On December 3, 2018, photographer Jason Riker documented the work of a cast of nine performers (out of a group of 20).

The full cast of the Dance Constructions includes Martita Abril, Christiana Cefalu, Christhian Diaz, Ayano Elson, Talya Epstein, Jessie Gold, Miguel Ángel Guzmán, Samuel Hanson, Elizabeth Hart, Savannah Knoop, Columbine Macher, Jody Oberfelder, Laura Pfeffer, Lee Relvas, Lindsay Londs Reuter, Alex Rodabaugh, Alex Romania, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Quenton Stuckey, and Vanessa Vargas.”

The soundtrack, a full 13-minute-long composition by La Monte Young titled 2 sounds, plays for the duration of the piece. Jessie listens, absorbed in the music, silently encouraging the audience to do the same. Photo: Jason Riker.

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