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Deborah Hay «Solo»
Deborah Hay, «Solo», 1966
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Deborah Hay «Solo»Deborah Hay «Solo»

New York | United States | Funkferngesteuerte fahrbare Podeste | Music: Jim Tenney | Hardware: Larry Heilos, Witt Wittnebert,

 Deborah Hay

For Deborah Hay's dance, «Solo», Larry Heilos designed the electrical system, and he and Witt Wittnebert built eight radio-controlled carts that moved around the Armory floor, which were then covered to make platforms for dancers to stand or lie on.
Eight formally dressed performers entered and sat like a musical ensemble in front of antennas that transmitted the FM signal to the platforms. They operated the radio-control system to move the platforms into and around the space. Composer Jim Tenney acted as ‹conductor› of the orchestra.
Sixteen dancers, wearing shiny white costumes, entered the brightly lit space either walking or riding on a cart. They then walked or rode on the moving platforms in solo, duet, or trio formations, following specific rules for dancer and platform movement in relation to the performance area and to each other. David Tudor performed Toshi Ichiyanagi’s work «Funakakushi». From time to time the lights were turned out, coming back on to find dancers and platforms in different positions as they had continued performing in the darkness