Women & Their Work presents Deborah Hay | Screening & Conversation
Women & Their Work will host the iconic choreographer Deborah Hay in conversation and for a preview of the film in progress, Dear Dancer.
Archivist, choreographer, and dancer Laurent Pichaud will begin the evening with an image-based interview of Hay based on her extensive archives. Pichaud will ask Hay to respond spontaneously to imagery he has pulled from the archives which Hay may not have seen for decades. These prompts will center on Austin, exploring Hay’s perspective as an artist and woman living and working in the city since 1976. Hay’s archives have recently been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center.
Following the discussion will be a preview of the film in progress, Dear Dancer, a new film from award-winning director Marcus Lindeen, the Guldbagge Award-winning film photographer Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, composer Hans Appelqvist, and producer Jesper Kurlandsky. The 22-minute film follows Hay’s struggle to present her new work, Horse, the solos during a global pandemic. The music for the dance was composed by Graham Reynolds, lights and set by Minna Tikkainen. The work was scheduled to premiere at Dansens Hus in Stockholm, SE, but was cancelled due to last minute COVID restrictions. Instead the dancers from the Cullberg Company in Stockholm, SE, in costume with lights and sound, performed the work without a single person in the theater. Lindeen captures how Hay worked remotely with dancers in Sweden and prepared them to perform and reflects on what it means to work as a dancer and perform in a time that does not seem to allow it.