Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Most widely held works about Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Points in space ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 706 libraries worldwide
Looks at the production process of a modern dance ballet, followed by a performance of the same.
Merce Cunningham a lifetime of dance ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 355 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."
Split sides by Merce Cunningham ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 and held by 170 libraries worldwide
Presents four of 32 possible variations of Cunningham's work Split sides (2003), featuring two set designs, two sets of costumes, and two lighting plots.
Beach birds for camera ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
A performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to John Cage's work Four³.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
A videotape in two parts. The second is the film dance Channels/Inserts. In the first part Merce Cunningham and John Cage discuss in separate interviews, the influence of the other on his own work, as well as their collaboration together in the theater, the relationship between movement and sound and their use of chance operations. Interviews alternate with footage from earlier works that illustrate their style and aesthetic.
CRWDSPCR ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 66 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.
Merce Cunningham & Co ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1982 in French and held by 62 libraries worldwide
Depicts Merce Cunningham working with his company in studio. Includes a brief introduction about Cunningham and his work. Intersperses interview segments with Cunningham.
Variations V ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
A multimedia work involving twelve sound sensitive electronic poles placed around the stage, which are triggered by the dancers' movements and then altered or delayed by the musicians. Footage of rehearsals and other stock footage images overlay the film of the performance and are also projected from television screens during the performance. Non-dance related activities are also performed.
Walkaround time ( Visual )
in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Homage to Marcel Duchamp. Embodies aspects of the artist's work, such as transparency, motion, the role of the viewer, and the nature of vision. The transparency of the set allows parts of the dance action to be observed within and behind the decor.
Locale ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Modern dance production by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Robert Rauschenberg collaborations ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 46 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."--Container
Torse ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 46 libraries worldwide
A modern dance performance utilizing the split screen method which permits the viewer to see the movement from two different aspects at the same time. The right and left screen versions have been optically printed onto one film. There are five basic positions utilized - upright, arch, twist, tilt and curve. All aspects of the continuity were chance-determined: the sequence of phrases, the number of things happening at once, and the number of dancers involved in a given phrase.
Merce Cunningham and dance company event for television ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
Various dances performed by Merce Cunningham and his dance company, some with commentary and discussion by Cunningham.
Rainforest ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 38 libraries worldwide
"First performance by Merce Cunningham and Dance Company at the 2nd Buffalo Festival of the Arts, March 9, 1968." Merce Cunningham narrates and comments on his art.
Green world ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Primarily photographs of a performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the mansion and gardens of Vizcaya, Miami, FL, Feb. 26, 2007.
Channels/inserts ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Cunningham and Atlas divided the studio into sixteen possible areas for dancing and used chance methods based on the I Ching to determine the order in which these spaces would be used, the number of dancers to be seen and events that would occur in each space. Atlas employed cross-cutting and animated mattes or wipes to indicate a simultaneity of dance events occurring in different spaces, as well as to allow for diversity in the continuity of the image.
Roamin'. I ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Black-and-white film of filmmakers at work, intercut with color footage of the completed film: Locale. Merce Cunningham appears on screen to direct dancers.
Squaregame video ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1976 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Originally conceived for adaptation to video. Cunningham designed the choreography so that it would fit in a square area measured upon the larger rectangular space of the stage.
Coast zone ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Thirteen members of the Cunningham dance troupe perform to the musical composition, Beachcombers. The performance utilizes deep-focus by contrasting background figures (often in motion) with those in the foreground (sometimes in extreme close-up). The camera moves unobtrusively around the thirteen dancers; rarely does the camera shoot from a fixed position.
Split sides ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Modern dance performance.
Aleatory music Artistic collaboration Avant-garde (Music) Biography Cage, John Choreographers Choreography Composers CRWDSPCR (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Cunningham, Merce Dance Dance companies Dance photography Dance--Production and direction Dancers Dance--Study and teaching Dance television programs Documentary films Documentary films Documentary television programs Drama Duchamp, Marcel,--1887-1968 Filmed dance Florida--Miami Graham, Martha History Interscape (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Interviews Komar, Chris Kovich, Robert Locale (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Male dancers Merce Cunningham Dance Company Modern dance Multimedia (Art) New York (State)--Buffalo New York (State)--New York North Carolina Occasion piece (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Paik, Nam June,--1932-2006 Pictorial works Pond way (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Rauschenberg, Robert,--1925-2008 Septet (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Suite for five (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Summerspace (Choreographic work : Cunningham) Torse (Choreographic work : Cunningham) United States Video recordings Video recordings--for the hearing impaired
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