Interview

Steve Paxton: Like the Famous Tree

A dialogue with Liza Béar that was recorded at various locations in Vermont. Paxton discusses collaboration, improvisation, his time with the Merce Cunningham Company, and his time in New York working with a variety of dancers. Pieces discussed include Proxy (1961, illustrated, 1st performance with Tipton, Brown. Subsequent performanceswith Childs, Rainer, Rauschenberg) ; Transit (1962, Judson Church) ; English (1963, Judson) ; Left Hand David Hayes (1963, 809 Broadway, NYC) ; Word Words and Music for Word Words (1963, with Rainer, Pop Festival, D.C. and Judson) ; Flat (1964, Surplus Dance Theatre) ; First (1964 at Surplus Dance Theatre) ; Afternoon (1964 at Apple Tree Lane, Prospect Heights N.J.) ; Title Lost Tokyo (1964, illustrated, duet with Hay at Sogetsu Art Center, Tokyo) ; Jag Ville Gorna Telefonera (1964, illustrated, duet with Rauschenberg at Moderna Museet, Stockholm) ; Section of a New Unfinished Work (1965, illustrated, Judson) ; The Deposits (1965, illustrated, Kutches Kountry Klub) ; Section of a New Unfinished Work : Augmented  (1966, at Judson) ; Improvisation with Trisha Brown (1966, at L.A. County Museum) ; A.A. (1966, at L.A. County Museum) ; Earth Interior (1966, with Brown, at a skating rink in L.A., organized by L.A. County Museum) ; Physical Things (1966), 69th Regimental Armory, NYC) ; Satisfyin’ Lover (1967) ; Love Songs (1967) ; The Sizes (1967, Port Townsend, Wash.) ; The Atlantic (1967 at St. Peter’s Church) ; Somebody Else (1967 at the School of Visual Arts, NYC) ; Some Notes on Performance (1967, illustrated, New School and Vancouver, B.C.) ;  Walking’ There (1967 at the New School) ; State (1968 at Douglas Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.) ; Beautiful Lecture (1968, New School and Vancouver) ; Audience Performance #2 (1968, Henry Gallery, University of Washington) ; Audience Performance #1 (1968) ; Salt Lake City Deaths (1968, illustrated, Vancouver) ; Smiling (1969) ; Lie Down (1969 at Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA) ; Pre-history (1969) ; Collaboration (with Rachel, Suzi, Jeff, Steve & Lincoln) (1970, SUNY Buffalo) ; Roman Newspaper Phrase (1970 at SUNY Buffalo) ; Niagara Falls At (1970, Niagara Falls) ; Tiny Dance (with Grand Union) ; Conversations (with Grand Union) ; Solo (with Grand Union) ; State (1970) ; Saint Vincent’s Hospital At (1971, St. Vincent’s Hospital, NYC)  ; Collaboration with Winter Soldier (1971, Whitney Museum) ; Magnesium (1972, Oberlin College) ; Benn Mutual (1972, with Nita Little and David Moss, Armory, Bennington, VT) ; Contact Improvisation (1972-, first performed at John Weber Gallery, NY) ; Dancing (1973-, with Grand Union and others, photo from performance at Dance Gallery, NY) ; Air (1973, Dance Gallery) ; With David Moss (1974, Bennington College) ; Roming (Aroma) (1974, Contemporanea, Rome).