A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mr. Paxton is best known for his development of contact improvisation starting in 1972. He was a co-founder of the Judson Dance Theater and later the Grand Union and has been the recipient of a Bessie Award as well as grants from the NEA and Rockefeller Foundation. In this interview, Mr. Paxton speaks about his career since the 1960's and his work with Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and others as well as his involvement with contact improvisation.
From 1933 through 1945, Ethel Butler was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She went on to become a well-known teacher of the Graham Technique, counting among her students Paul Taylor and Dan Wagoner. In this piece, Ms. Butler talks about her life in dance and recounts her earliest memories of working with Martha Graham.