(b New York, 18 Dec. 1941)
US dancer and choreographer. She studied at Henry St. Playhouse and with Cunningham, performing with the companies of Limón and Cunningham until she became absorbed in the avant-garde dance collective, Judson Church. Her work here was influenced by the movement rituals of T'ai Chi and focused on the individual qualities of performers, leading on to works where she presented non-trained dancers in non-theatrical spaces like gyms and parks. Her pieces have included Victory 14 (1964), 20 Permutations of 2 Sets of 3 Equal parts in a Linear Order (1969), The Grand Dance (ongoing 1977–9), and The Genius of the Heart (1980). During the 1990s she focused on creating and performing solo works including The Other Side of O (1998) but has recently returned to working with larger ensembles, including the Forsythe Company. Her books include Moving Through the Universe in Bare Feet—Ten Circle Dances for Everybody (together with Donna Jean Rogers, New York, 1974) and My Body, the Buddhist (2004).
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