About Wendy

Da Ping Luo for Juilliard

I’ve been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, editor, and always a dance addict.

Dancing  I performed with dozens of independent choreographers in NYC and was a member of the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s. I kept dancing in my own work until about 2000. In the last decade I have performed with Vicky Shick and Stephanie Skura.

Choreographing  For 30 years I was always working on a new piece. My company, for which I made more than 40 works, performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, the Joyce, and in cities in the U.S. and in Europe. A few repertory companies performed my pieces, and I made solos for two ballet luminaries: Peter Boal and Martine Van Hamel.

Teaching  Currently I teach dance history at Juilliard and a graduate seminar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. From 1978 to 1984, I was a full-time instructor at Bennington College, where I taught technique, composition, improvisation, and an interdisciplinary course in performance criticism, plus tutorials upon request. I’ve also taught choreography, dance history, and contemporary dance issues at SUNY Purchase, Princeton, Rutgers, and the Five College Dance Department. I have given workshops in dance journalism at Dance Theater Workshop, Gina Gibney Dance Center, and in Mexico and Russia.

Writing  Since the 1970s, I’ve contributed reviews and features to publications like the Village Voice, The New York Times, and Ballet Review, Starting in 2000, I’ve written hundreds of articles and internet postings for Dance Magazine. In 2013 I gathered some of my writings spanning 40 years into a book, Through the Eyes of a Dancer, published by Wesleyan University Press. My recent book is The Grand Union: Accidental Anarchists of Downtown Dance, 1970–1976. See My Books. My articles in the SoHo Weekly News in the 70s are collected as the Wendy Perron Papers in the Fales Collection of NYU.

Editing  I happily served as editor in chief of Dance Magazine from 2004 to 2013, and am now editor at large. In that capacity I hosted a series called “What Wendy’s Watching.” In 1997, I was guest editor for an issue of Movement Research Performance Journal that was a tribute Robert Dunn. I also edited the postings of Translucent Borders, a working group for the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study.

Curating I’ve co-curated exhibits and performance programs, including Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-72, a major exhibit and related events that originated at UC Santa Barbara and came to the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts in 2017, and Where Sculpture and Dance Meet: Minimalism 1961–1979. As associate director of Jacob’s Pillow in the early 90s, I curated a number of programs in the Duke Theater. In 1981, I curated a series of reconstructions of Judson Dance Theater, produced at Danspace by my project, the Bennington College Judson Project.

Adjudicating I’ve served on panels including the National Endowment for the Arts and other funding organizations. I have also been adjudicator for American College Dance Association, Youth America Grand Prix, New York Live Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. I’ve been artistic advisor to the Fall for Dance Festival and served on the Bessies Committee.

Discussion panels I’ve enjoyed moderating discussion panels with artists at venues like New York City Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce, and Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ.