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Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (XS)

Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning … comes in eight sizes, from extra small (XS) to extra large (XL). “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” is the central question shared by all the works in the series.

Rather than illustrating a historical fiction, these new works transplant this proposition into a contemporary context. What we experience was neither possible at The Balls nor at Judson. In the construction of an imagined audience – that of a 1963 Judson Church Dance Theater audience – in the minds of a real audience today, or, put in another way, in the distance between who we imagine a work is being performed for and its actual performance for those present, what kind of new relations can be created, adapted, and re-assigned between performer(s) and audience?



The (XS) is a twenty-five minute solo danced by the choreographer and made for a maximum audience of twenty-five seated on the floor of the theater stage, gallery floor, or in the corner of the room.

The work is performed primarily in the dark. No documentation of the work exists and thus this work has been created to travel by word of mouth. If you would like the contact of another programmer or professional who has seen it, we would be glad to provide this information.