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The Year in Dance

David Velasco

Steve Paxton, Satisfyin Lover, 1967. Performance view, Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 17, 2012. From “Some sweet day.” Photo: Julieta Cervantes.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19. A conversation in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York during the first week of “Some sweet day,” a three-week-long performance series featuring six choreographers. The program is curated by Ralph Lemon, a choreographer himself, and Jenny Schlenzka, associate curator at MoMA PS1, along with MoMA producer Jill A. Samuels. The conversation features Jérôme Bel and Steve Paxton and is moderated by Lemon and Sabine Breitwieser, MoMA’s chief curator of media and performance.

Here, near the beginning, Breitwieser and Paxton are talking:

Breitwieser: Steve. Satisfyin Lover. From 1967. I couldn’t find out where you performed it first.

Paxton: Salt Lake City.

SB: So what was the scenery like? Was this a proscenium setting or was it a gallery setting?

SP: It was a ballroom.

SB: A ballroom! How nice. So you were on the same floor

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