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Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Merce Cunningham: Common Time( )
Artist: Cunningham, Merce
Editor: Meade, Fionn
Rothfuss, Joan
Foreword by: Viso, Olga
Text by: Basualdo, Carlos
Bither, Philip
Crimp, Douglas
Ikegami, Hiroko
Kivland, Kelly
La Rocco, Claudia
Bellow, Juliet
Copeland, Roger
Coyne, Mary
Piekut, Benjamin
Interviewer: Moshayedi, Aram
Brooks, Victoria
Goldman, Danielle
Publication Date:Apr 2017
Publisher:Walker Art Center
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $49.95
Book Description:

This volume, published in conjunction with the Walker Art Center and MCA Chicago exhibition 'Merce Cunningham: Common Time' (8 February - 10 September 2017), reconsiders the choreographer and his collaborators as an extraordinarily generative interdisciplinary network that preceded and predicted dramatic shifts in performance praxis, including the development of site-specific dance, the use of technology as a choreographic tool, and the radical separation of sound and movement in...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Performing Arts / Dance / General
Art / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):9.35 x 12.07 x 1.4 Inches
Book Weight:5.06 Pounds
Author Biography
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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