chapter  16
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Judson

Redux and remix
ByMarcia B. Siegel

Scholars and critics have focused on the sociocultural issues of race, gender and ethnicity as the product of Judson dance. In the broadest terms Judson dance was a revolution against modern dance and ballet, as well as an attack on all the conventions of mainstream art and performance. Judson's dances were intentionally ephemeral. In fact, Judson's anti-modern dance crusade has succeeded to the extent that 'modern dance' as a category has mostly been superseded by 'contemporary dance', an eclectic mix based on many sources. One aim of the Judson and post-Judson followers was to reset the ways of thinking about dance, as well as to redefine the idea of dance itself. In America post-Judson dancers have brought their work into museums, galleries and the anti-gravity environments of aerial dance. The European dance scene absorbed Judson ideas from visiting artists, subsidized teaching residencies and commissioned works.