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Cunningham, Merce

Works: 1,533 works in 2,224 publications in 5 languages and 21,499 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Interviews  History  Pictorial works  Case studies  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary films  Catalogs  Film catalogs  Drama 
Roles: Choreographer, Host, Interviewee, Author, Director, Performer, Dancer, Speaker, Conductor, Honoree, Artist, Narrator, Film editor, Author of introduction, Designer, Other, Costume designer, Illustrator
Classifications: GV1785.C85, 709.7309051
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Most widely held works about Merce Cunningham
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Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham
Art 21 art in the twenty-first century ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,587 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 Merce Cunningham Dance Company( Visual )
25 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 834 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 )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 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
Merce Cunningham a lifetime of dance by Merce Cunningham( Visual )
10 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 469 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."
The 25-year retrospective concert of the music of John Cage by John Cage( Recording )
14 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recorded at Town Hall, New York City, May 15, 1958
Changes: notes on choreography by Merce Cunningham( Book )
10 editions published between 1968 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Art performs life : Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones ( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Never stand still ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 338 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
Split sides by Charles Atlas( Visual )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 236 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
Changing steps by Cunningham Dance Foundation( Visual )
20 editions published between 1974 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collage of film clips from the 1974 tape (in black and white) filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York and of clips recording 1988 performances in Germany and Utah shot in color. Seen together these clips constitute a record of the complete work in both rehearsal and performance
Cunningham dance technique intermediate level ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Demonstrates intermediate-level techniques and exercises of the Cunningham method of dance
Robert Rauschenberg inventive genius ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Celebrates the life and work of American painter Robert Rauschenberg. As guru of the movement that transformed modern art, Robert Rauschenberg is the ideal focus for an exploration of the revolution that has taken place in American art over the past 45 years. A rich mixture of visual images and engaging commentary examines the life of this revolutionary American painter
CRWDSPCR ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at Merce Cunningham's choreographic methods and shows the dancers in his dance company working on CRWDSPCR. Features clips from the ballet, short interviews with participants (dancers, costume designer, composer); and choreography by Merce Cunningham
Variations V by John Cage( Visual )
11 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 158 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 Labs research scientist Billy Klver 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-sc̈ne was supplemented by a film collage by Stan VanDerBeek that included processed television images by Nam June Paik and footage of the dancers shot by VanDerBeek during rehearsals
Music for Merce 1952-2009 ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2010 in Multiple languages and English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Merce by Merce by Paik by Charles Atlas( Visual )
11 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in English and held by 149 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
Beach birds for camera by Elliot Caplan( Visual )
9 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and French and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to John Cage's work Four³
The collaborators ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interview with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg who discuss their collaborative efforts in artistic dance production. Includes excerpts from dance productions such as Travelogue and Nocturnes, as well as the entire production of Coast zone
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Robert Rauschenberg collaborations ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1954, Robert Rauschenberg became the Resident Designer to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a position he held for ten years. During that time these friends and collaborators, along with the musician John Cage, created some of the most iconoclastic artworks of the 20th century. This three-DVD set showcases these great artists' work, along with the work of another, filmmaker Charles Atlas. The DVDs are accompanied by an illustrated essay by Bonnie Brooks. Charles Atlas has directed and collaborated on over 35 film or video projects with Merce Cunningham and served as the company's filmmaker-in-residence for ten years (1974-1983). The three films in this collection showcase Atlas's direction and editing of films and include the 2003 revival of Suite for Five, the 1999 revival of Summerspace, and the original cast of Interscape in 2000. ... Interscape explores the transitions between darkness and light, stillness and exertion, and silence and sound. A detailed and beautifully rendered work, Interscape showcases the essence of the artists Cage, Cunningham and Rauschenberg."
Cunningham dance technique elementary level ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to a number of the elements that comprise the basis of the Cunningham technique for dancers as given in the Westbeth Studio in New York City. Commentary on the exercises by Merce Cunningham
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Audience level: 0.47 (from 0.21 for Never stan ... to 0.87 for Variations ...)
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Alternative Names
Cunningham, Merce
Cunningham, Mercier
Cunningham, Mercier Philip
Cunningham, Mercier Philip 1919-2009
Merce Cunningham