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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Overview
Works: 868 works in 1,094 publications in 7 languages and 5,345 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Biography  History  Drama  Case studies  Juvenile works  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Performer, Dancer, Artist, Sponsor, Producer
Classifications: GV1783, 792.8
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Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Points in space by Merce Cunningham Dance Company ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 810 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
Merce Cunningham a lifetime of dance by Merce Cunningham ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 422 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."
Split sides by Charles Atlas ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 232 WorldCat member 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
Variations V by John Cage ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and German and held by 160 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
Beach birds for camera by Elliot Caplan ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to John Cage's work Four³
Merce Cunningham & Co ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and French and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows Merce Cunningham working with his company in studio
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Robert Rauschenberg collaborations ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 133 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."--Container
Channels/inserts ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member 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
Rainforest ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member 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
Locale by Charles Atlas ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this modern dance production the camera movements are choreographed as precisely as those of the performers. The film was structured in four parts based upon use of specific cameras, dancers and time. Filmmaker Atlas also designed the costumes, choosing the same hues as are seen on the television adjustment color-bars, combining those into gradations of the corresponding gray-based tones used in tuning black and white television monitors
Walkaround time ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member 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
Coast zone by Charles Atlas ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member 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
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Park Avenue Armory event ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On December 29, 30 and 31, 2011, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company presented six valedictory performances at Park Avenue Armory before disbanding. The event marked the conclusion of the Company's Legacy Tour and the culmination of nearly 60 years of innovation. Disc 3 includes recent and archival excerpts from each of the repertory works featured on the Legacy Tour
Roamin' I by Charles Atlas ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1980 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Production by members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
CRWDSPCR ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at Merce Cunningham's choreographic methods and shows the dancers in his dance company working on CRWDSPCR
Torse ( Visual )
7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member 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
Story ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1964 in English and Finnish and held by 84 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
Changing steps by Merce Cunningham ( )
6 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An adaptation for television of the choreography 'Changing steps' (1972). Archival footage from the Cunningham Studio and newly recorded interior and exterior footage filmed on location at the Sundance Institute are combined for this program
Deli commedia ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A slapstick nod to the improvised farces of commedia dell l'arte intended to show Cunningham's approach to choreography and style of movement
Camera three ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This program presents an experimental marriage of dance and video. Cunningham says they are not concerts but "events." His commentary links the various aspects of these performances
 
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