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Dance · Visual arts


“Farewell Merce Cunningham Dance Company” weekend in Los Angeles was capped by a bonus performance in which Mikhail Baryshnikov appeared with the company.

It was a fundraiser for the Cunningham Dance Foundation’s “Legacy Project” and REDCAT.

Charles Atlas, with whom the choreographer collaborated on multiple video projects over thirty years, presented his film homage to Merce — a collage of extraordinary historic footage including Cunningham dancing near to his prime. A real, blasting reminder of what it’s all about.

While researching Misha’s special admiration for Merce, I came across Alastair Macaulay’s 2008 New York Times article on Baryshnikov’s photography of the Cunningham company.

Of particular interest is the audio slide show in which the Russian expresses his thoughts and feelings about Cunningham’s work. 

Recommended listening .. .

2 thoughts on “merce misha mashup

  1. Keith Jun 8,2010 12:55 pm

    Rad audio/visual link!!

  2. Sandy Romanow Jun 7,2010 6:21 pm

    Thanks for posting both the Macaulay piece and the Merce My Way slide show.  It is fascinating to see Baryshnikov's visual interpretations of the works of Cunningham–a choreographer with whom he was intimately involved.  How interesting to see THE dancer express the art of dance through the art of photography. I hope tonight proves to be a unique and memorable experience.

    You are lucky! Those of us who are home tonight (even in Dallas, TX) are jealous!

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