Asteroid

Asteroid
Paul Wong, Steve Paxton, 1978
19 min., colour, video

A made for the camera video collaboration with Steve Paxton, a unique pas de deux between videographer and dancer.

Steve Paxton (born 1939, Phoenix, Arizona) is an experimental dancer and choreographer. His early background was in gymnastics while his later training included three years with Merce Cunningham and a year with José Limón. As a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, he performed works by Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. He was a founding member of the experimental group Grand Union and in 1972 named and began to develop the dance form known as Contact Improvisation, a form of dance that utilizes the physical laws of friction, momentum, gravity, and inertia to explore the relationship between dancers. Paxton believed that even an untrained dancer could contribute to the dance form, and so began his great interest in pedestrian movement. After working with Cunningham and developing chance choreography, defined as any movement being his generation whose approach has influenced choreography globally. In 1994, he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. He attempts to remain reclusive, except when performing, teaching and choreographing internationally.

A Western Front video production.

Distributed by Western Front

Performance, Video