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Merce Cunningham: A Pictures Book for John Cage Xmas 1984

Merce Cunningham: A Pictures Book for John Cage Xmas 1984( )
Artist: Cunningham, Merce
ISBN:978-1-935202-79-0
Publication Date:May 2012
Publisher:D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Book Format:Spiral bound
List Price:USD $45.00
Book Description:

A Pictures Book for John Cage Xmas 1984is a facsimile edition of a spiralbound notebook filled with choreographic notation by Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his 70-year career and one of the most important choreographers and dancers of all time. This previously unpublished document is one of the most extensive elaborations of Cunningham's choreographic notation in print, offering a rare glimpse into his methods, and in...
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Book Details
Pages:80
Detailed Subjects: Performing Arts / Dance / Choreography & Dance Notation
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):9 x 6 Inches
Author Biography
(Artist)
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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