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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Works: 1,395 works in 1,746 publications in 4 languages and 9,500 library holdings
Genres: Filmed dance  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Educational films  Juvenile works  Children's films  Nature films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Short films 
Roles: Performer, Dancer, Artist, Sponsor, Producer
Classifications: GV1783, 577.34
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Points in space by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 698 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 1978 and 2001 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 538 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 )

12 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 380 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 )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film adaptation of a modern dance work originally made for the stage, featuring the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The film combines different shooting locations, black and white and color film and stereo sound to present the dance through the visual medium of film
Split sides by Charles Atlas( Visual )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 239 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
Channels/Inserts by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

4 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 223 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
Merce Cunningham & Co( Visual )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and French and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Merce Cunningham working with his company in studio
Roamin' I by Charles Atlas( Visual )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 193 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
Locale by Charles Atlas( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 191 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
Coast zone by Charles Atlas( Visual )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 191 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
Rainforest (Jungle) by Helen Cowcher( Visual )

6 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and held by 186 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
Torse by Alex Chapple( Visual )

8 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 182 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 by Merce Cunningham( Visual )

5 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in 3 languages and held by 170 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
Deli commedia( Visual )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 168 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
Walkaround time( Visual )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 154 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
Merce Cunningham Dance Company : Robert Rauschenberg collaborations by Charles Atlas( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 152 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
The making of points in space( Visual )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features BBC documentary with interviews by Cunningham, Cage, and members of the company, as well as scenes from rehearsals in New York and London. The second half features the finished dance, performed by Merce Cunningham and his company
Changing steps by Elliot Caplan( Visual )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 145 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
Merce Cunningham Dance Company : Park Avenue Armory event( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 126 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
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