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Deborah Hay

Danspace Project

For three evenings this past March, Deborah Hay performed her new work, No Time to Fly, 2010, at the fabled St. Mark’s Church in downtown New York. Over the course of fifty minutes, Hay—herself long a fixture of radical dance, now approaching seventy years old—executed a series of movements equally standard and strange: The act of walking, for instance, was rendered prismatic by her continual redistribution of emphasis. Wearing a minimal, graphic uniform (white button-down shirt, short black pants, white socks, black slippers, black beret), Hay circumnavigated her allotted space with ritualistic diligence, hardly ever stopping and never backtracking.

My hunch that she inscribed in the minds of her viewers the complicated path she was diagramming with her body seemed corroborated by a score, self-published in January as a twenty-page pamphlet. Here one finds a bit of the kind of choreographic

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