Merce Cunningham Dance Company Performs Site-Specific Events at Joyce Theater

Classic Arts News   Merce Cunningham Dance Company Performs Site-Specific Events at Joyce Theater
 
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform Cunningham's Events at the Joyce Theater December starting tonight and through December 19.

Each night's performance will be different, as Cunningham shuffles the elements of dance: steps, music, costume, movement, stillness, audience, silence: to create a work specifically for the Joyce's stage.

The use of randomness in choreography is nothing new for the veteran choreographer, who has used such devices as a roll of the dice to determine the sequence and elements of another work, Split Sides.

Each night will feature different combinations of musicians playing different composers' work, and each performance will highlight the work of a different visual artist.

Cunningham's company has been performing Events since 1964, when they were asked to perform in a Vienna museum with no stage. He has since created Events in all sorts of spaces, such as train stations, gyms, galleries, and, last fall, in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, with the accidental backdrop of Olafur Eliasson's Weather Project, a cosmic installation featuring mirrors, lights, and a giant glowing artificial sun.

Cunningham was the second male dancer in Martha Graham's company, which he performed with from 1939 to 1945. His first solo concert in New York was with composer John Cage (another adherent to the mysteries of chance) in 1944, and his own company was formed at Black Mountain College in 1953. He has choreographed over 150 works.


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