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Using the Sky

A Dance

Deborah Hay is an internationally renowned dance artist whose unique approach to bodily practice has had lasting impact on American choreography. Her commitment to dance as a process is as exquisite as it is provoking. Rooted in NYC's 1960s experimental Judson Dance Theater in New York, Hay's work has evolved through experimentation with a use of language that is unique to dance. This book is an exploration and articulation of Hay's process, focusing on several of her most recent works.

About the Author

DEBORAH HAY is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher working in the field of postmodern dance and one of the founding members of the Judson Dance Theater. She is the artistic director of the Deborah Hay Dance Company, based in Austin, Texas.


"Using the Sky weaves together a series of questions, thoughts, and actions aimed at stepping, literally and figuratively, into the unknowable."—Didier Morelli, The Drama Review

"Hay reassures her readers that this question is 'unknowable' but that at the same time 'the process of entering into the question was transformative' although she 'could not say how' (2015:17). I think about parallels with faith, another practice which (although I don't have one) is both, it seems, unknowable and transformative. It's this conundrum which is the lightning bolt from Using the Sky. 'What if'—a real Hay-ism—one can be so dedicated to one's movement practice, so inexhaustibly curious about it all, and yet at the same time be seemingly ready to challenge, acknowledge its banality, to let it go?"—Rachel Gildea, Oxford Dance Writers blog

Wesleyan University Press

9780819579119 : using-the-sky-hay
Paperback / softback
July 7, 2019
$22.95 USD

Other Titles by Deborah Hay

My Body, The Buddhist

Deborah Hay
Sep 2013 - Wesleyan University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$45.00 USD - Hardback
$15.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in Dance

Nordic Exposures

Arne Lunde
Sep 2015 - University of Washington Press
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$95.00 USD - Hardback


Gardner McFall
Aug 2015 - University of Washington Press
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$95.00 USD - Hardback

Lone Scherfig's Italian for Beginners

Mette Hjort
Aug 2015 - University of Washington Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback