made Variations V for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
My colleagues and I set up a system of photocells so that
the dancers switched the sounds as they cut the light
beams with their movements. In this performance at the
Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center on July 1964, Stan
VanDerBeek showed films and Nam
June Paik manipulated projected television images.
The center for the new dance in the early 60s was the
Judson Church with Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Steve
Paxton, Lucinda Childs and others. Yvonne wanted to use
the sound of her own breathing as she was dancing. She
wore a contact mike on her throat that picked up the sound
of her breathing. We made a small FM transmitter that
we attached to her belt. The transmitter relayed the signal
to the speakers.