Mama said: Don’t stop the Dance!

The bleak shotcrete interior of a typical late sixties West German church provides the setting for New York choreographer Trajal Harrell’s piece Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (M2M), most definitively one of the highlights of this year’s Tanz im August program. The former place of worship doesn’t just allow an absolute focus on the three performers, it also alludes to the historical role of Judson Church.  In the Sixties this congregation as well as art space in Greenwich Village opened up its doors to artists from various genres, offering them a space for their art and freeing them from financial and/or political constraints. The resulting Judson Dance Theatre turned into the cradle of post-modern dance, with contributions by dance icons such as Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer. Ever since its first performance in 1962 the company played a major role in revolutionizing the world of dance.