Since the 1960s, choreographer Deborah Hay has been exploring the nature of dance from myriad perspectives. As part of the Judson Dance Theater in New York, she and her peers posed provocative questions about what dance can be (pedestrian movement as well as pyrotechnics), who can do it (untrained as well as trained dancers), and the role of the audience or observer (sometimes irrelevant). Now based in Austin, Texas, Hay continues her rigorous and radical experiments. The events that make up Walker Art Center's celebration of this dance icon include Friday's "No Time to Fly," in which Australian Ros Warby and New York-based Jeanine Durning adapt two of Hay's solos, and Saturday's "As Holy Sites Go," a duet version of "No Time to Fly" directed by Hay and performed by Warby and Durning. On Wednesday, Hay reveals her multi-layered, revolutionary art practice and environmental concerns through readings and video.
Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m., 2012