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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Works: 1,404 works in 1,677 publications in 5 languages and 6,875 library holdings
Genres: Filmed dance  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Interviews  Televised dance  Short films  Biography  Biographical television programs 
Roles: Performer, Dancer, Artist, Sponsor, Producer
Classifications: GV1783, 792.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Points in space by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 801 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 )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 408 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 )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 240 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
Variations V by John Cage( Visual )

10 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 230 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-scene 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 )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to John Cage's work Four³
Merce Cunningham & Co( Visual )

2 editions published in 1982 in French and English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Merce Cunningham working with his company in studio
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Robert Rauschenberg collaborations( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 148 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
Locale by Charles Atlas( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 146 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
Roamin' I by Charles Atlas( Visual )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Production by members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Rainforest( Visual )

5 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and held by 134 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
Coast zone by Charles Atlas( Visual )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 130 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
Camera three by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 127 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
Torse( Visual )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 127 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
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't( Visual )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member 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
Story by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 119 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
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Park Avenue Armory event( Visual )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 118 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
Deli commedia( Visual )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 116 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
Changing steps by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merce Cunningham was one of the first to explore the creative potential of video in dance, the video becoming as integral to the dance as the choreography. Two dances, Changing steps (35 min.) and Blue studio (15 min.), demonstrate the innovative possibilities of videodance. Changing steps was first performed in 1973 and in its original form included solos for each member of the company which could be performed in any order and simultaneously if space permitted. The video links together segments from a black and white tape in 1974 and other performances in 1988, revealing, through use of camera, editing and design surprising new possibilities for dance on television
Second hand( Visual )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring Cunningham and his Company. A marriage of choreography and video techniques occurs in this program on Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Cunningham makes use of multiple screen images. A "video event", the program is comprised of excerpts from "Second Hand" as well as rehearsal and class footage
Walkaround time( Visual )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 110 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
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