Steve Paxton: Bound

Steve Paxton: Bound

“A titan of the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde.” —The New York Times

Presented as part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Opening Night, Wednesday, May 11, 7-8pm will include a FREE Pre-Performance Conversation with Steve Paxton and Simone Forti. 

Choreographed by pioneering and multi-award-winning choreographer Steve Paxton, and performed by exquisite Slovenian dancer Jurij Konjar, Bound is re-staged and re-imagined by Paxton, who first premiered it in 1982. A stellar example of his 40 years of research into the fiction of cultured dance and the ‘truth’ of improvisation, Paxton has created a performance composed of isolated vignettes, combined with eclectic music and images that are not immediately logical. But like numbers in a column that begin to add up to something larger as they accumulate, these seemingly unchoreographed dance “remarks” soon resonate poetic thoughts. Paxton describes it as “like a chance meeting with a slightly drunken man in a quiet bar where a conversation begins and gradually a disjointed story emerges, of a life lived, one moment after another, but now remembered as fragments of a journey.”

BOUND was created in 1982 for Spaziozero in Rome. It was seen in Great Britain, Belgium, and at The Kitchen in NYC in 1983, which made a videotape on which this reconstruction is based.


Steve Paxton has influenced the nature of Western Dance since 1961, as a founder of the Judson Dance Theater, NYC.  Paxton has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the 'truth' of improvisation for 40 years. He has received grants from Change, Inc., the Foundation for Performance Arts, John D. Rockefeller Fund, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been awarded two NY Bessie Awards, and is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly Dance Journal.

He was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater, Grand Union, Contact Improvisation, Touchdown Dance for the visually disabled (UK), and began his career studying modern dance techniques, ballet, Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and Vipassana meditation. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1961-65. He lectures, performs, choreographs and teaches primarily in the USA and Europe.

Yvonne Rainer likes to joke that she invented running and Paxton invented walking, and indeed many of Paxton’s early works - including “Proxy”, 1961, “Transit”, 1962, “English”, 1963, and “Satisfyin Lover”, 1967 - made salient the act of walking. Paxton is also known as a founder of the movement technique known as contact improvisation.

Read Yvonne Rainer's Tribute to Steve Paxton.

Jurij Konjar was born in Ljubljana, where he received his first technical dance training. He then studied musicals in London and contemporary dance at PARTS in Brussels.
He’s worked with Les Ballets C de la B, before starting to create his own work. In 2007 he suffered a head injury that shifted his focus towards the potential of the present moment. In 2009 an in-depth observation of Steve Paxton’s Goldberg Variations video, with conversations that sprouted from it, triggered the development of a personal improvisation practice.
In recent years, he’s mostly created and performed solo performances, such as Ulysses (2007), Goldberg Variations (2010) and For Juliano Mer-Khamis (2013), while also working with Maja Delak, Janez Janša, Boris Charmatz, Martin Kilvady. He’s worked with the Tuning Ensemble, with Lisa Nelson on the Goldberg Observations publication, and with Steve Paxton on the reconstruction of Paxton’s solo Bound (1982). Jurij Konjar lives by moving around, with his working practice serving as his base.

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WED 5/11
8:30 pm
$25  $20$12
THU 5/12
8:30 pm
$25  $20$12
FRI 5/13
8:30 pm
$25  $20$12

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff