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Unperformable An Evening with Dance Pioneer Rudy Perez
Grand Ballroom, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Rudy Perez’s groundbreaking choreography emerged from the creative ferment of 1960s and ’70s New York, intersecting with performance art and experimental music. Join us for the premiere of Perez’s latest piece, Unperformable.
Join us for the debut performance of a new piece by dance pioneer Rudy Perez, whose archive was acquired by the USC Libraries in 2002. Perez’s groundbreaking choreography emerged from the creative ferment of 1960s and ’70s New York, intersecting with performance art and the compositions of John Cage and other experimental musicians. In his youth, Perez worked various day jobs and studied at night with the giants of modern dance: Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Mary Anthony. His breakthrough solos with the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s helped spark the postmodern dance movement. In 2009, this dance legend celebrated his 80th birthday with performances of two new works, Surrender, Dorothy! and open suite/WHOOSH…the traffic. Perez’s latest piece, Unperformable, will be premiered and followed by a discussion with Perez, USC Annenberg professor and dance critic Sasha Anawalt and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance professor Margo Apostolos. In conjunction, the USC Libraries will display rare items from Perez’s personal archive and excerpts from recently digitized films of his performances from the last 50 years.
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