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Merce Cunningham

Changes - Notes on Choreography

Merce Cunningham( )
Author: Cunningham, Merce
Artist: Cunningham, Merce
Editor: Starr, Frances
ISBN:978-0-9988290-7-4
Publication Date:Jun 2019
Publisher:Song Cave, The
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $25.00
Book Description:

On the occasion of Merce Cunningham's centennial comes this handsome new edition of his classic and long-out-of-print artist's book Changes: Notes on Choreography, first published in 1968 by Dick Higgins' Something Else Press. The book presents a revealing exposition of Cunningham's compositional process by way of his working notebooks, containing in-progress notations of individual dances with extensive speculations about the choreographic and artistic problems he was...
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Book Details
Pages:188
Detailed Subjects: Performing Arts / General
Art / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9.25 Inches
Book Weight:0.002 Pounds
Author Biography
Cunningham, Merce (Author)
American dancer, teacher, and choreographer and a celebrated soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1940 to 1955, Merce Cunningham participated in the third-generation development of modern dance. Born in Centralia, Washington, he began his career in the second-generation period of the American modern-dance theater under the tutelage of Martha Graham. He later became a creator and choreographer of his own dances and in 1950 established his own dance company.

Through the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham taught his students to follow new paths of creativity-to choreograph dances to avant-garde musical compositions, to be free of spatial restraints, to replace a strong central focus with a random approach to choreographic patterns, and to devise dances that could be viewed from any angle. Working with American composer John Cage as musical director, Cunningham taught his students to experiment with dances that used electronic and other newly developed forms of music. His best-known works include Suite by Chance (1952), a work in which a toss of the dice determines the structure, and Symphonie Pour un Homme Seul (1952). Both reveal the spare, expressive style that is the Cunningham hallmark.

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