Steve Paxton. <i>Satisfyin Lover</i>. Performed at the Whitney Museum, April 20, 1971. Performers Jeffrey Lew, Al Loving, Richard Nonas, Nancy Green. Photograph by Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore / VAGA, NYC

Steve Paxton, Satisfyin Lover and State

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.

Steve Paxton (American, b. 1939) is regarded as one of the most significant choreographers of his generation. He indelibly transformed the vocabulary of dance through his contributions to the Judson Dance Theatre in the 1960s and his development of the Contact Improvisation movement technique in 1972, which was influenced by his studies in the martial arts and based on ideas of improvisation, gravity, and momentum between two bodies. For Some sweet day, Paxton presents his seminal postmodern works Satisfyin Lover (1967) and State (1968), which question the established parameters of dance, such as virtuosity and style, while also addressing the artist’s fascination with the ideas of simple everyday movements and the untrained body. Performance approx. 25 min.

In conjunction with the exhibition Some sweet day