Andy Warhol frequently attended Judson Dance Theater concerts, where he first saw Fred Herko, the American Ballet Theater School–trained dancer who became his muse. Herko appeared in many of Warhol’s earliest films, including the newly digitized film reels featured here in which the dancer and choreographer skates and gazes at himself nude. This screening features Jill And Freddy Dancing (1963)—in which Herko performs with Village Voice critic Jill Johnston on a Lower East Side rooftop—and includes Warhol’s films of Johnston performing with a broom at Warhol’s Factory. The program also brings together Warhol’s Screen Tests featuring Judson participants, including the choreographer Lucinda Childs and the lighting designer Billy Linich.
Jill and Freddy Dancing. 1963. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. Silent . 4 min.