EXHIBITION: Drafting Interior Techniques. Steve Paxton

Steve Paxton
Drafting Interior Techniques
Azkuna Zentroa
«Like the famous tree which was unsure whether it would be making noise should it fall to the ground in a forest without people, there is a way of looking at things which renders them performance». (Steve Paxton, 1967)

Azkuna Zentroa - Alhóndiga Bilbao presents the exhibition Steve Paxton: Drafting Interior Techniques, an original idea of Culturgest Lisboa, where it was first presented between March and July 2019, and gets to Azkuna Zentroa curated by Romain Bigé and João Fiadeiro. This show is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to North-American choreographer Steve Paxton’s work and legacy, who developed the Contact Improvisation technique.

The exhibition is aimed at giving a sense of the practices, intuitions and sensations of Paxton's dancing body. Organized in eight ‘studies’, each of them pointing to an ‘interior technique’ of the improvising body-in-motion, it is built around a puzzle Paxton persistently posed to himself in the dance studio: what is my body doing when I am not conscious of it?

Thus focusing on dance-as-practice as much as dance-as-performance, the exhibition turns the Exhibition Hall of Azkuna Zentroa into contemporary dance studios, where visitors and dancers are invited to inquire about their own movements. Steve Paxton: Drafting Interior Techniques is laid out as an exhibition in live motion, showcasing audiovisual pieces, interviews and original installations which reflect upon movement from the perspective of a dancing bodymind.

Honouring the multiple facets of the dance maker, the exhibition is accompanied by a public programme composed by a cycle of performances, lectures and workshops, alongside Contact Improvisation sessions led by industry professionals.

In collaboration with Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos Lisboa.
Opening: 15/06/2020
From: 15/06/2020
Until: 20/09/2020
Schedule: Monday to Sunday from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Location: Plaza Arriquibar, 4


15/06/2020 - 20/09/2020


11:00 - 19:00


Azkuna Zentroa
Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbo, Bizkaia
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