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Cunningham

“Thrilling. An excellent introduction to a great body of work…. It helps you see how the air around a dancer can seem as alive as the flesh.” (Brian Seibert, New York Times)

Celebrating Merce Cunningham’s 100th year, this breathtaking film brings the legendary choreographer and his dances to life, immersing audiences in a 3D experience that puts them “there, in the room, with these bodies in motion” (New Yorker). Incorporating rare archival footage with performances by the last generation of Cunningham dancers of iconic pieces such as “Interscape,” “Summerspace,” and “Crises,” it is also rich in interviews with the choreographer and his collaborators, including company founding member Carolyn Brown, composer John Cage, and artist Robert Rauschenberg.

Tickets $12 (members), $17 (nonmembers)

Presented in 3D

“A definitive study of choreographer Merce Cunningham turns the air itself into something tactile, sliced by angular, precise movements. Your takeaway is a tangible appreciation for an innovator of both mind and body.”
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
“The dancers…fill the space with energy and the sheer intelligence and wit of the movements. The elegance of the cinematography turns these passages into the stanzas of a visual poem.”
Marina Harss, New Yorker
“Grants audiences an unprecedented degree of intimacy.”
Courtney Escoyne, Dance Magazine

SPECIAL EVENTS

Q&A Dance on Film host Peter Pucci w/ dancers/choreographers Gus Solomons, Meg Harper, and Jennifer Goggans of The Cunningham Trust

Q&A Dance on Film host Peter Pucci w/ dancers/choreographers Gus Solomons, Meg Harper, and Jennifer Goggans of The Cunningham Trust

Thursday, Feb. 27 2020, 7:15

Meg Harper has danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, theater director Robert Wilson, and recently with Annie-B Parson, Andrew Ondrejcak, and Vicky Shick. She has been performing the role of Tiresias in Robert Wilson’s “Oedipus Rex” throughout Europe since 2018. In October 2019, with Jennifer Goggans, she staged Cunningham’s “Walkaround Time” (1968) for the Paris Opera Ballet as part of the Cunningham centennial.

Jennifer Goggans joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2000 and danced with MCDC until 2011, when she was named assistant to the director of choreography during the Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham technique around the world since 2005 and has staged works including “Biped” for the Bayerisches Staatsballett and the Juilliard School; “Cross Currents” for the New York Theatre Ballet, Verb Ballets, and the Augusta Ballet; “Un Jour ou Deux” and “Walkaround Time” for the Paris Opera Ballet; and “Winterbranch” for the Lyon Opera Ballet and the L.A. Dance Project. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, Christopher Williams, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She is program coordinator and a faculty member for the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Gus Solomons, Jr., is a movement performer, choreographic mentor, and writer with a lifelong commitment to dance. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1965–68) and director of Solomons Company/Dance (1972–94) and Paradigm Dance (1996–2011.) He has received two New York Dance & Performance Awards (Bessies), in 2000 and 2010. His dance reviews can be found at www.solomons-says.com.

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

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This film is part of the Dance on Film series.



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