New York’s Judson Church | with Patrizia Veroli


Who are the leading figures in the contemporary dance of the last 50 years? What influences and contaminations have there been with the world of contemporary art and architecture? What were the ideas that revolutionised the performance of dance?

Vito Di Bernardi, Patrizia Veroli, Francesca Pedroni, Maria Pia D’Orazi, Ada D’Adamo, Susanne Franco, Virgilio Sieni in conversation with the curator of the project Anna Lea Antolini, meet the MAXXI public to discuss in seven encounters the history of contemporary dance and to discover together the relationship between dance, architecture and art through video contributions from Cro.me. – Cronaca e Memoria dello Spettacolo of Milan and from the Historical Archive of the Romaeuropa Foundation.

New York’s Judson Church | with Patrizia Veroli
Saturday 10 November, ore 11.00
MAXXI B.A.S.E., Graziella Lonardi Buontempo Room – admittance free

In the early 1960s, the deconsecrated Judson Memorial Church in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village was a workshop for radical experimentation that touched on all the arts, in particular dance. At a time in which modern dance was exploring the symbolism of the psyche, choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Carolee Schneeman and Steve Paxton created new ways of dancing that became known as post-modern dance. Particular attention will be paid during this encounter to the figures of Trishsa Brown and Steve Paxton, this last the inventor of a technique still widely used today, contact improvisation.

Patrizia Veroli is a freelance dance historian. The author of a number of books including Milloss. Un maestro della coreografia tra espressionismo e classicità (1996) and Loie Fuller (2008). She has edited and curated various publications and exhibitions including Five Hundred Years of Italian Dance, Highlights from the Cia Fornaroli Collection, at the New York Public Library (2006, with Lynn Garafola). She is also the president of AIRDanza.

Upcoming seminars:
11.00 – 13.00
12 January 2013 | Francesca Pedroni
9 February 2013 | Maria Pia D’Orazi
9 March 2013 | Ada D’Adamo
13 April 2013 | Susanne Franco
11 May 2013 | Virgilio Sieni


The Histories of Contemporary Dance is a Carolina Italiano project, curated by Anna Lea Antolini and organized by Giulia Pedrace.
In collaboration with Fondazione Romaeropa and Cro.me.