Anna Halprin’s “Parades and Changes” Will Be Performed Again at the Kaye Playhouse 50 Years After the Controversial Premiere at Hunter

Radical Bodies, An Evening of Dances by Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer  performed by dancers of the University of California Santa Barbara Dance Company and guest artist Simone Forti will be presented at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues on Wednesday, May 31 @ 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

To RSVP visit http://bit.ly/2oa0V2d or call 212-772-4007.

The program commemorates 50 years since the legendary performance of Parades and Changes at Hunter College and will include ‘The Paper Dance’ from Halprin’s Parades and Changes, Chair Pillow by Yvonne Rainer, José Limón’s Dances for Isadora, presented as an homage to Isadora Duncan, a pioneer and trailblazer for women in dance, and guest artist Simone Forti.  A post-performance panel includes Forti as well as Charles Reinhart and Alice Teirstein, both of whom attended the famous 1967 performance, and is moderated by Wendy Perron.

In the spring of 1967, Anna Halprin received a summons after the performance to appear before the court for “indecent exposure” as Parades contains nudity. 50 years later, Parades and Changes is returning to the same stage.

“It is an extraordinary honor for Hunter College to welcome back these three remarkable artists to the Kaye Playhouse,” said Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College.  “50 years ago, when Parades and Changes premiered at Hunter, it garnered arrest warrants. Today, it’s greeted by an outpouring of enthusiasm and celebration for its innovative vision. Hunter remains dedicated to creating spaces where important artistic works can be seen and celebrated.”

Radical Bodies is underwritten by Jody and John Arnhold.  Hunter College is donating the Kaye Playhouse for this historical performance.  A concurrent exhibition on the history of Radical Bodies will be brought to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts beginning May 24th and through September 26, 2017, curated by UCSB’s Ninotchka Bennahum.  Henning Rübsam is the producer of Radical Bodies.  Delila Moseley is the Director of UCSB Dance Company.

Also on the program is an improvisational solo, News Animations, by Simone Forti, now 82 years of age, as well as Yvonne Rainer’s Chair Pillow (1970).