Judson Dance Theater Concerts 9 - 12
The Judson Poets' Theater was using the Judson Memorial Church for their production of two plays by Paul Goodman so Elaine Summers organized the Judson Dance Theater's series at the Gramercy. Billy Linich (aka BILLY NAME) did the lights along with JOHNNY DODD. Malcolm Goldstein and John Herbert McDowell were responsible for the music. BIBBE HANSEN'S father, the Fluxus artist Al Hansen, did the the sets and served as stage manager. Alex Hay and LUCINDA CHILDS did the publicity. The program committee consisted of Ruth Emerson, BILLY NAME and YVONNE RAINER. (JD153)
The second evening (the Judson Dance Theater's concert #10) closed with a performance of Beverly Schmidt's The Seasons - a solo excerpt from Roberts Blossom's mixed media "filmstage" work titled Blossoms. Concert #11 on August 6th opened with Susan Kaufman's dance piece, Animals. Dancers in the piece included Ray Johnson and Al Hansen.
Concert #12 included JAMES WARING'S Imperceptible Elongation No. 1 and AL HANSEN'S Happening , Parisol 4 Marisol. FRED HERKO participated in Hansen's piece. Hansen had originally presented his Happening at the 3rd Rail Gallery at 49 East Broadway on May 24th and 25th as part of a program titled "Electrifying Events: Happenings." (JD161) Concert #12 ended with a collaboration between Deborah Hay and FRED HERKO titled Elephant Footprints in the Cheesecake-Walk: For Shirley. (JD163)
Sally Banes [from Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theater, 1962-1964]:
"With the Gramercy concerts, the Judson network grew to include the independent film world. Not only did Brian de Palma show Woton's Wake and Beverly Schmidt use film and slide projections in her work, but also, on Monday nights that summer the Filmmakers' Showcase sponsored screenings at the Gramercy Arts Theater. On 29 July, the night before Concert #9, one could see an evening of eight-millimeter films that included work by the Kuchar brothers, Red Grooms, SNCC, Linda Talbot, and Ed Emshwiller. On 5 August, the night before Concert #11, JACK SMITH'S films, including Flaming Creatures, were shown... [The Judson Dance Theater] had expanded the audiences for dance and enlivened the calcifying dance scene by amplifying the definitions of dance to embrace art, film, music, and movement of every sort." (JD164)