Deborah Hay
Experimental Dancer and Choreographer
Austin, TX
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Friends of USA.

dancer and choreographer Deborah Hay has been working in the field of dance for over 40 years. She was a member of the highly influential Judson dance Theater, whose members are considered the founders of postmodern dance and who advocated for interdisciplinary collaboration. In 1970, she moved to Vermont, where she wrote the first of three books. In 1976, Hay moved to Austin, where she started a yearly, four-month-long workshop with trained and untrained dancers that culminates in a public performance. She created the duet Single Duet for herself and Mikhail Baryshnikov, which toured in 2000. Hay won a Bessie Award in 2004, and her latest solo, No Time To Fly, premiered at Danspace Project, New York City, in March 2010. She was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of dance by the Theater Academy in Helsinki in 2009.

Photo credit Rino Pizzi.
  • Artwork by Deborah Hay
    No Time To Fly, 2009; photo credit Rino Pizzi
Artwork by Deborah Hay