Maurice Béjart – Psyché Rock (1967)

Mass for the present time is a suite of dances composed by Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier, custom Maurice Béjart for his choreography of the same name, at the Avignon Festival in 1967, in the courtyard of the palace popes, the Ballet of the twentieth century. The ballet was dedicated to Patrick Belda, killed in… Continue reading Maurice Béjart – Psyché Rock (1967)

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John Cage & Merce Cunningham – Variations V (1965)

John Cage made «Variations V» in 1965 for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He and David Tudor settled on two systems for the sound to be affected by movement. For the first, Billy Klüver and his colleagues set up a system of directional photocells aimed at the stage lights, so that the dancers triggered sounds… Continue reading John Cage & Merce Cunningham – Variations V (1965)

Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)

In the spring of 1981, during a residency at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage sat down to discuss their work and artistic process. As frequent collaborators, Cage and Cunningham pioneered a new framework of performance. Their novel approach allowed for mediums to exist independently, or rather… Continue reading Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)