Deborah Hay

Workshopping Perilously Efficient Movement with Deborah Hay

Mon 24 – Fri 28 Aug | 10am-5pm
This workshop is a partnership between Dance North Scotland and Independent Dance, and will take place at Findhorn Foundation Community and Eco-village, Moray.

Expressions of interest open on 06 March 2020.

Is all art perilously efficient? Might this be the very nature of dance but we have not yet attributed this language to it? What I mean by perilously efficient is that dance, for me, is a form of survival. And therefore, to test my ability, my capacity to survive as a choreographer and performer, I choose to reduce stimulation that would otherwise influence the choreography, the practice, and the performance of my work. I am not ignorant of the danger in being ordinary nor the lack of quality in being efficient. A pre-determined sequence of movements will framework this collective research.
Lunch provided

Expressions of interest open on

06 March 2020.

Please send a short biography and a couple of lines stating your reasons for wanting to take this workshop to

Closing date for expressions of interest: 27 April 2020

Selections will be based on first come/first served basis, but please note that our criteria is based on a minimum of 3 years professional experience in dance or choreography.
A limited number of spaces will be allocated to dancers permanently resident in Scotland.
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Choreographer/performer Deborah Hay began her career in the early 1960’s with the Judson Dance Theatre. In her five decades at the vanguard of choreographic experimentation, she has helped re-define the field of dance with her revolutionary work and influential publications, in particular Lamb at the Altar, Duke University Press, and My Body, the Buddhist, Wesleyan University Press.
Since the 1990’s Hay has researched new approaches to choreography, pairing unique forms of creative scoring with her distinct modes of practice and adaptation. Deborah Hay has received several prestigious awards through her career. Recent recognitions include an Honorary Doctorate from the Theater Academy in Helsinki 2009. In 2012 she received an inaugural Doris Duke Artists Award. In May 2015 the Minister of Culture and Communication awarded Hay the title of Chevalier De L”ordre des arts et des Lettres.