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The John Cage Legacy

Chance in Music and Mathematics

The John Cage Legacy( )
Directed By: Csicsery, George
Performed by Musical Group: Merce Cunningham Dance Company musicians,
Moderated by: Osserman, Robert
Featuring: Diaconis, Persi
Cunningham, Merce
Publication Date:May 2009
Publisher:Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Book Format:DVD video
List Price:Not Sold Separately contact
Book Description:

On November 12, 2008, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute presented a happening with the composer and performers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in a concert followed by a discussion between the musicians and mathematician/magician and randomness expert Persi Diaconis of Stanford University. The event was moderated by Bob Osserman, MSRI Special Projects Director.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Mathematics / General
Music / Genres & Styles / New Age
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.3 x 7.48 x 0.55 Inches
Book Weight:0.125 Pounds
Author Biography
(Directed By)
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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