Merce lives

It’s exciting to see the Merce Cunningham Trust kick into high gear, deploying, under strict license and supervision, the master’s iconoclastic choreography onto dance troupes around the world (Cunningham died in 2009).

Over the years, it’s been controversial whether dancers without specific training in Cunningham’s rigorous technique can properly execute his choreography. Clearly, based upon the list below, dancers of all ilks are ready to give it a go.

We recently enjoyed a wonderful staging of “Winterbranch” in Los Angeles (the dark work from the mid-sixties is being performed in further venues, top of the list). It was fun revisiting the Cunningham experience: the seat-squirming, whispering, one guy shouting out “It’s an abomination!” and audience walk-outs. For the faithful, however, rapture.

World: Go experience Merce Cunningham works!

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LA Dance Project performing Winterbranch (1964) 
January 26, 2013 – Davis, CA 
January 30, 2013 – Dallas
April 27, 2013 – Cannes 
May 6 – 7, 2013 – Toulouse
May 23 – 25, 2013 – Paris

New World Symphony performing Second Hand (1970), MinEvent, and Field Dances (1963)
February 8 – 10, 2013 – Miami

Barbican Art Gallery exhibit The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Johns, and Rauschenberg      
February 14 – June 9, 2013 – London

University of Utah performing Cross Currents (1964)
February 28, 2013 – Salt Lake City

Rambert Dance Company performing Sounddance (1975)
March 13 – 16, 2013 – Mold, UK

Rambert Dance Company performing Rainforest (1968) in conjunction with Barbican Art Gallery exhibit The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Johns, and Rasuchenberg
March 27, 2013 – Barbican Art Gallery

Deutsche Oper Am Rhein performing Pond Way (1998)
April 12, 2013 (Premiere) – Dusseldorf, Germany

Ballet San Jose performing Duets (1980)
April 19 – 21, 2013 (Premiere) – San Jose, CA 

Richard Alston Dance Company performing Event in conjunction with Barbican Art Gallery exhibit The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Johns, and Rasuchenberg      
May 29, 2013 – Barbican Art Gallery

Bayerisches Staatsballet performing BIPED (1999)
June 25, 2013 (Premiere) – Munich, Germany 

Thank you, Guardian U.K., for the beautiful photos.


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