Magazine article Dance Teacher

Celebrating Modern

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Celebrating Modern

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The American Dance Guild Performance Festival honors Elaine Summers and Dianne McIntyre.

Two living modern dance masters-Elaine Summers and Dianne McIntyre-will be honored at this year's American Dance Guild Performance Festival. And more than 30 contemporary artists and companies from around the globe will show work.

"What makes us distinctive is that we honor the past and promote the future," says festival co-producer Mary Seidman.

The American Dance Guild has supported the dance world since 1956. Since 2008, the festival has honored one living and one deceased dance legend, but this year, the Guild recognizes these two living artists.

Summers has been an innovator since the '60s as a choreographer, filmmaker and teacher of Kinetic Awareness, her original approach to bodywork using rubber balls. She was an early member of the influential Judson Dance Theater in Manhattan and founded Experimental Intermedia Foundation for her interdisciplinary dance/film performances.

"Elaine is the person who filmed Trisha Brown walking on the walls of the Whitney, and Trisha's company members used to study with Elaine in the '70s," says Gloria McLean, president of the Guild and artistic director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers. "She's in her 80s now, and in the process of archiving her work with the Lincoln Center Library dance collection."

Summers will present Windows in the Kitchen, with Douglas Dunn performing live next to the late Matt Turney (who was a Graham dancer) on film, and live music by Jon Gibson. …

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