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Cunningham, Merce

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Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham
Art 21 art in the twenty-first century( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 37 diverse artists, taking viewers into artists' studios, homes, and communities to provide an intimate view of their lives, work, creative processes, and sources of inspiration
Points in space by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and French and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1st half of the BBC's documentary follows the independent preparations of Merce Cunningham's choreography for Points in space, and John Cage's text-sound, computer-music composition, Voiceless essay, or, Writings through the essay "On the duty of civil disobedience," for a TV studio production; the second half presents the combination of choreography and music in the final TV production
Cage Cunningham by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines archival material and eight years of world tour footage to document the 50 year collaboration between composer John Cage and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham
The 25-year retrospective concert of the music of John Cage by John Cage( Recording )

20 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded at Town Hall, New York City, May 15, 1958
Merce Cunningham : a lifetime of dance by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merce Cunningham, a colossus of 20th-century choreography, is perhaps most famous for his sheer fecundity--inventing steps, choreographing 200+ dances, and over 800 "Events" (site-specific works). At the forefront of the American avant-garde for more than 50 years, he abandoned conventional elements of dance structure, most controversially, the relationship of dance and music influenced by his collaboration with composer John Cage. Endlessly inventive and inquisitive, Cunningham collaborated with a wide range of composers, designers, and artists, incorporating video into pieces, and employing computerized choreography in his later years to instruct members of his company. Unlike most choreographers, movement itself was his principal subject matter--neither narrative nor musical form determines the dance structure. Cunningham leaves a vast legacy, but he expressed his view of his art saying, "Dancing is the art of the present tense." Cunningham himself, along with his dancers, collaborators, and observers, traces the course of his long career and that of his dance company. Topics include: his special qualities as a dancer; his performances as a member of Martha Graham's company; his choreographic approach and sources of inspiration; his longtime association and collaboration with composer John Cage; his residency at Black Mountain College; the development of his use of chance procedures; the early years of his company; his preference for avant-garde music, and his collaborations with various composers; and his use of technological innovations such as the computer program Life forms
Variations V by John Cage( Visual )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variations V reflects the experimentation and spirit of the 1960s, a collaborative, interactive multi-media event with choreographed dance, elaborate mobile decor, variable lighting, multiple film projection, and live-electronic music often activated by the dancers' movements. Filmed in 1966 at the NDR television studio in Hamburg, Germany, it is historically important as one of the few available films of a Cunningham Dance Company performance from the 1960s and the first commercial release of Variations V. As the dancers performed on stage, their movements interacted with twelve antennas built by Robert Moog and a set of photocells designed by Bell Lab's research scientist Billy Klüver in such a way as to trigger the transmission of sounds to a 50-channel mixer whose output was heard from six speakers around the hall. The actual sound sources, a battery of tape recorders and radios,were supervised by Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. The mise-en-scène was supplemented by a film collage by Stan Van Der Beek that included processed television images by Nam June Paik and footage of the dancers shot by Van Der Beek during rehearsals. Introductory remarks in German
Changes: notes on choreography by Merce Cunningham( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never stand still( Visual )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison, and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance. Featured are amazing performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage
Art performs life : Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones( Book )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing steps by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merce Cunningham created and choreographed his "Changing steps" in 1973. On April 10th, 1974 he videotaped a performance of the work in black and white in his studio in New York City. The present tape is an ingenious collage of film clips from the New York tape (in black and white) and of clips recording later performances in Germany and various U.S. locations shot in color. Seen together these clips constitute a record of the complete work in both rehearsal and performance as well as in black and white and color
Beach birds for camera by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beach Birds for Camera" is an adaptation of a dance work originally made for the stage adding three additional dancers. This film combines different shooting locations, black and white and color film, and Dolby stereo sound to present dance through the visual medium of film. When it was first suggested to John Cage that he should create a work in collaboration with Merce Cunningham for the 1991 James Joyce/John Cage Festival in Zurich, Cage had the idea to write a large scale piece to be called "Ocean", the projected title for Joyce's next novel - never to be written - following "Finnegan's Wake". No suitable space was available for such a project, so it was decided that instead a new dance would be made for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's repertory. Cunningham had always intended to call his part of the work "Beach Birds," and so the title remains. Filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios and Industria Superstudio in New York, NY, December, 1991
Channels/Inserts by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work was a dance shot for film at the Cunningham studio. Staging for Channels/Inserts was divided among the main studio, the small studio, and the office area. Cunningham employed the use of chance operations to decide the order in which each space would be used, whether action would occur in more than one location at a time, and how many dancers would be involved. The piece was divided into sixteen sections, each varying in length. One of the most striking sections began with a series of brief, masterfully executed solos for the men of the company, filmed in the main studio, followed by a shot of the women in the small studio, laughing and chatting amongst themselves, then back to the main studio for a second round of male solos. Music was composed by David Tudor, and costume design was by Charles Atlas
CRWDSPCR( Visual )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at Merce Cunningham's choreographic methods and shows the dancers in his dance company working on CRWDSPCR
Merce by Merce by Paik by Nam June Paik( Visual )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collaboration between video artist Nam June Paik and modern dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Cunningham performs two of his works; electronic effects are supplied by Paik
Split sides by Charles Atlas( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents four of thirty-two possible variations of Cunningham's work Split sides (2003), featuring two set designs, two sets of costumes, and two lighting plots
Merce Cunningham & Co( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1990 in English and French and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Merce Cunningham working with his company in studio
Deli commedia by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A made-for-videotape dance work conceived as slapstick comedy. Followed by a brief interview with Cunningham on choreography for the camera
Story by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in 3 languages and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The title refers not to any implicit or explicit narrati ve, but to the act that every spectator may interpret the events in his own way
Locale by Charles Atlas( Visual )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern dance production by the Cunningham Dance Foundation
Roamin' I by Charles Atlas( Visual )

7 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Production by members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Art performs life : Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones
Art performs life : Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. JonesChance and circumstance : twenty years with Cage and CunninghamThe bride and the bachelors : five masters of the avant gardeMerce Cunningham : fifty yearsMerce Cunningham : dancing in space and timeMerce Cunningham and the modernizing of modern danceRhythmic subjects
Alternative Names
Canninghamas Merce'as

Cunningham, Mercier

Cunningham Mercier Philip

Cunningham, Mercier Philip 1919-2009

Kaningemas Mersas

Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham American dancer

Merce Cunningham Amerikaans danser (1919-2009)

Merce Cunningham amerikansk dansare och koreograf

Merce Cunningham ballarí i coreògraf estatunidenc

Merce Cunningham danseur et chorégraphe

Merce Cunningham danzatore e coreografo statunitense

Merce Cunningham US-amerikanischer Tänzer und Choreograf

Mercier, Philip 1919-2009

Μέρσι Κάνινγκχαμ

Каннингем, Мерс

Мерс Канингам

Мерс Каннінгем

מרס קנינגהם

קנינגהם, מרס 1919-2009

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