We’ve heard of the Land of 1,000 Dances. But what is the ‘Night of 100 Solos‘? It is a global celebration of the centennial of a great dance genius, Merce Cunningham, the exceptional dance-advancing artist who was born on April 16, 1919, in Centralia, Washington.
Mighty Los Angeles is part of it! In Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, each of three participating institutions—the Barbican in London, BAM in New York City, and CAP UCLA in Los Angeles—will present a 75-minute performance event comprised of 100 solos choreographed by Merce Cunningham.
A live-stream allowing anyone anywhere to experience each venue’s performance in real-time. The links for the live-streaming is here. Bookmark that link now!
We get to experience it live, at Royce Hall, where the Cunningham Company performed so very many times. In each city, a former dancer experienced in creating Cunningham Events has worked with an associate stager and other Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni to impart the choreography to a new generation of dancers. For CAP UCLA, Andrea Weber—who danced with the Cunningham Company from 2004 to 2011, and who teaches Cunningham Technique at New York City Center, Barnard College, and the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee program—is overseeing the staging.
photos: courtesy Merce Cunningham Trust
Night of 100 Solos | CAP UCLA | Tuesday April 16