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Diana
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posted April 05, 2001 12:56     Click Here to See the Profile for Diana   Click Here to Email Diana     Edit/Delete Message
Clive Barnes writes a preview of Merce Cunningham Dance Company's season in NY:

"OLD MAN & CO. AT THEIR BEST

MERCE Cunningham - the Grand Old Man of American Dance - is giving two major premieres during his annual New York season at City Center."

http://www.nypost.com/04052001/entertainment/28087.htm

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Basheva
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posted April 05, 2001 13:24     Click Here to See the Profile for Basheva   Click Here to Email Basheva     Edit/Delete Message
I have been putting a lot of the Merce Cunningham stuff in here:


DANCE UMBRELLA 2000 - MERCE CUNNINGHAM

If any one wants to move my posts in here - please feel free....

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Basheva
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posted April 06, 2001 08:46     Click Here to See the Profile for Basheva   Click Here to Email Basheva     Edit/Delete Message
From the New York Times:

'Biped': A Live and Digital Tapestry of Interwoven Movements

By ANNA KISSELGOFF

quote:
Spectacular was the word for "Biped," Merce Cunningham's haunting mixed-media production at Lincoln Center Festival two years ago, and spectacular it remains at City Center, where it was performed on Wednesday night.


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Basheva
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posted May 16, 2001 12:01     Click Here to See the Profile for Basheva   Click Here to Email Basheva     Edit/Delete Message
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Merce Cunningham, dance's perennial maverick,
will speak Sunday at
the Painted Bride.
(EDWARD SANTALONE)


A master of dance moved by chance

By Eileen Fisher
FOR THE INQUIRER

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One recent afternoon in Perth, Australia, beachgoers stealing the last stretch of sunlight came upon an unusual scene. Boatmen in the shallow water made a shifting backdrop for dancers of the Merce Cunningham Company, who were performing an Event, as collaged pieces of the dance master's repertory, often performed in unconventional spaces, are called.


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Marie
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posted September 26, 2001 07:39     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message

Cunningham Dance Foundation

Biped et Summerspace

extrait vidéo 56k
extrait vidéo DSL

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Marie
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posted September 30, 2001 08:38     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message
Susi Lovell - Montreal Gazette, 09.30.01:
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Revolution in two movements
Merce Cunningham dazzles with multimedia futurism and a masterpiece of pure motion

The huge images projected on the scrim in front of the dancers moved constantly whenever they appeared. The effect was similar to an Imax movie: I felt I was actually in motion, swept along by some force outside myself, rather than sitting immobile in a theatre seat.


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Marie
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posted September 30, 2001 10:30     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message

09.28.01
Merce Cunningham Dance Company [USA]
Biped & Summerspace
Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
Festival International de Nouvelle Danse

Choreography : Merce Cunningham

Performed by : Cédric Andrieux, Jonah Bokaer, Lisa Boudreau, Ashley Chen, Paige Cunningham, Holley Farmer, Jennifer Goggans, Mandy Kirschner, David Kulick, Koji Minato, Daniel Squire, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Robert Swinston, Cheryl Therrien

Music : Morton Feldman (Summerspace), Gavin Bryars (Biped)

The FIND's presentation of Merce Cunningham felt like a history lesson to me. What is it that they say about how we must never repeat history? Sorry, my mistake, that has something to do with WWII. I know that when you are as established as Merce Cunningham is, it's probably unlikely that anyone ever tells you that they don't like your work. I know, Cunningham is a venerated choreographer, etc., etc., and I wish I could say I liked the performance because I'm feeling a good dose of Christian guilt as I write this, and I don't even go to church anymore. I don't understand how Cunningham could have spent the last forty years creating such static, formal work. If I did not know that Summerspace was choreographed in 1958, I would have sworn that he used the software "Lifeforms" to create it because it had that same mechanical feeling as some computer generated work. The movement went from one difficult position to the next, the dancers straining all the while with little, if any, release in any of the transitions. Those dancers deserve a medal for undertaking such physically demanding choreography. Jumping over and over and over on one leg from a standing arabesque position can't be anything but work. You could tape sticks on to the dancer's spines and they wouldn't bend much. Flow is clearly not in Cunningham's vocabulary.

The movement in Biped was slightly softer than Summerspace, which is interesting as this piece was created with a computer. The dancers still had to fight with the choreography though. Usually women look more fluid than men on stage but in this case the men actually looked better. I think their brute strength helped. I started to wonder how long dancers last in Cunningham's company before they succumb to injury. But I digress, this is not about the individual dancers, it is about capital A, "Art." I liked the motion capture images in the piece; they were powerful and gave the work some much-needed life. They flowed a lot more than the dancers on stage. The costumes for Biped were hideous silver creations, I think I've seen some of them in aerobic competitions where the women have big hair, tan coloured nylons and too much make-up on. The silver bed jackets and pajamas weren't much better. Most unfortunate to me was that it seemed Cunningham didn't really grasp the depth of Gavin Bryars' music. The dancers were always restricted to moving to the counts on the surface of the score, they were never allowed to explore the resonant sounds of the cello and double bass. I guess that's Cunningham's style.

Although I can appreciate Cunningham's reserved exploration of movement from an academic perspective, it never really moved me. I know some people will find that blasphemous, so I'll save you the sermon and go do my penance at the FIND's five hour choreographic marathon...


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Marie
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posted October 01, 2001 07:33     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message
Paula Citron, Globe & Mail, 10.01.01:
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Showing them how it's done

The piece, although twice as long as it should be, created a distant world of shimmering beauty through the interface of live and virtual reality.



To read more search Paula Citron on the Globe & Mail's 7 Day Search


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Azlan
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posted October 01, 2001 22:19     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
And don't forget this thread:

Merce Cunningham's Summerspace, Interscape & BIPED and Video Technology.

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