Performa to Examine the Art World’s Fascination With Dance

sarah michelson Performa to Examine the Art Worlds Fascination With Dance

Sarah Michelson, “Devotion,” 2011. Photo by Paula Court. (Courtesy

On Sept. 17, Performa will present “Why Dance in the Art World?” The event explores the “history and future of the art world’s interest in dance.” Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, will introduce the topic, followed by a panel discussion with choreographer Ralph Lemon, Artforum‘s David Velasco, MoMA curator Jenny Schlenzka, moderated by Performa’s founder, RoseLee Goldberg.

The event will focus on, among other things, the overlooked tradition of visual artists acting as choreographers, which has reached a kind of apex recently, especially with Sarah Michelson winning this year’s Whitney Biennial grand prize, the Bucksbaum Award, the first time a choreographer has done so.

“Why Dance in the Art World?”  will take place this Monday at Judson Memorial Church from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.