Heather Robles ’09 and Suzzanne Ponomarenko ’12 are currently performing works from post-modern choreographer Yvonne Rainer at the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done.
Judson Dance Theater was a performance collective in New York City in the early 1960s that radically rethought what dance was and could accomplish. Rainer, one of the founding members of Judson Dance Theater, focuses her choreographic works specifically on challenges to the primacy of technique and spectacle in ballet and modern dance through the incorporation of pedestrian vocabulary and every-day items.
Robles and Ponomarenko perform in We Shall Run and Chair-Pillow, two works that speak to such broadening of dance and performance. The works are staged for the opening of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Yvonne Rainer’s Early Dances, 1961-69, that will continue for several months with works by other choreographers also affiliated with Judson Dance Theater.
Robles and Ponomarenko can be seen performing on September 17, 19, 20, and 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm at the Museum of Modern Art.
Best of luck, Heather and Suzanne!