Movers & Shapers: Wendy Perron

By December 19, 2017January 3rd, 2018Podcast


PODCAST No.53 – 

Wendy Perron


Release Date: 12.19.17


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WENDY PERRON, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, had a 30-year career as a dancer/choreographer. She danced with the Trisha Brown company in the 1970s and choreographed more than 40 works for her own group. She has taught at Bennington, Princeton, and Rutgers among many schools and dance centers. In the early 1990s she served as associate director of Jacob’s Pillow, where she directed intensives in postmodern dance and improvisation. The former editor in chief of Dance Magazine, Wendy has also written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, and She has lectured on contemporary dance across the country and currently teaches a graduate seminar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As editor at large for Dance Magazine, she hosts a new series called “What Wendy’s Watching” on She also writes for Tanz magazine and the Translucent Borders website, a global project of NYU. She has co-curated exhibits on the intersection of dance and art, including “Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972,” which originated at UC Santa Barbara and traveled to the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in 2017. As a regular judge for Youth America Grand Prix, Wendy observes young dancers throughout the country. She is currently working on a book about the legendary improvisation group of the
1970s, the Grand Union.



Jane Dudley

Tatiana Dokoudovska

Irine Folkine


Martha Graham School

Facade (ballet)

Bennington College (Dance)

Liz Lerman

Dance Theater Workshop 

Rudy Perez “Countdown”

Maggie Black

Trinity College (Dance)

Trisha Brown Company

Elaine Summers

Stanley Edgar Hyman 

Fales Library and Special Collections, Wendy Perron Archives

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Deborah Jowitt

“If a Woman Dances No One Cares” Article

NYU Translucent Borders

Radical Bodies

Grand Union

Stephanie Skura

From the Horse’s Mouth


Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at