Steve Paxton has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the 'truth' of improvisation for 40 years. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1961-65, and was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater, Grand Union, Contact Improvisation, and Touchdown Dance for the visually impaired (UK). He lectures, performs, choreographs, and teaches primarily in the US and Europe. In recent years, he has presented work at MOMA, at DIA Chelsea and Beacon, and was awarded the Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale and a NY Bessie Lifetime Achievement Award. Paxton is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly dance journal and published a DVD-rom, Material for the Spine, with Contredanse in Brussels. In January 2015, he premiered choreography in collaboration with Robert Ashley's Quicksand at The Kitchen in NY. He lives on a farm in Vermont.