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“There was no chance in Parades and Changes\,” recall s composer Morton Subotnick. “Everything was done by choice\, but there was a freedom in choice.”

First performed in 1965\, Anna Halprin's< i>Parades and Changes pioneered the use of everyday movements and domes tic rituals in dance\, marking the onset of postmodern choreography. The da nce revolves around a set of mundane tasks—unrolling giant sheets of plasti c\, stomping\, interacting with the audience\, handling objects\, tearing p aper\, dressing and undressing. MATRIX 246presents the final perform ances of Parades and Changes and displays scores\, photographs\, and other documentation of the history of the dance. (Click here to view schedul ed performances and buy tickets.)

Before each staging of  Parades and Changes\, Halprin shuffles index cards that contain separat e instructions for the dancers\, crew\, lighting and scenic designers\, com posers\, and even the audience\, and then posts the results. With so much l eft unrehearsed\, each performance is an exercise in collaborative problem solving. Responses to the dance have varied from an outright ban on the wor k by the New York City Police Department in 1967 to adoring fan mail from a cattle farmer in Sweden. 

Parades and Changes opened the current BAM/PFA facility more than forty years ago\, and the new productio n—Halprin’s final staging of the piece—celebrates the architecture and hist ory of our building as we prepare to move to our new downtown location in 2 015. 



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