Knight Foundation Provides Major Grants for Carnival Center's 'Merce in Miami' Festival

Classic Arts News   Knight Foundation Provides Major Grants for Carnival Center's 'Merce in Miami' Festival
"Merce in Miami," a festival focusing on the pioneering modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham set for the spring of 2007 in south Florida, has received two major grants totaling $365,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts was given a $250,000 donation to support two weekends of dance performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in its first appearances in Miami. Two highlights of the Cunningham company residency will be the world premiere of eyeSpace, a collaboration between Cunningham, Miami artist Daniel Arsham and composer David Behrman commissioned by the Carnival Center, and Ocean, a large-scale work performed with 100 musicians surrounding the dancers and audience.

In addition, the Knight Foundation has given North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art $115,000 to support a two-part exhibition (January 26-April 29 and April 22-June 25) titled "Merce Cunningham: Dancing on the Cutting Edge," examining the choreographer's work with visual artists.

Other organizations collaborating on "Merce in Miami" include the New World School of the Arts, Florida Dance Association, Miami Dade College, South Florida Composers Alliance, the interdisciplinary Sounds Arts Workshop (iSAW) and the Subtropics Experimental Music and Sound Arts Festival.

Further information can be found at and the museum's website,

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