Michael Clark Company – animal / vegetable / mineral

On the occasion of Tanz im August Choreography MICHAEL CLARK Lighting design CHARLES ATLAS Costumes STEVIE STEWART & MICHAEL CLARK Dancers HARRY ALEXANDER, JULIE CUNNINGHAM, MELISSA HETHERINGTON, OXANA PANCHENKO, DANIEL SQUIRE, BENJAMIN WARBIS The British dance icon Michael Clark is back in Berlin with his most recent production in which he masterfully returns to his… Continue reading Michael Clark Company – animal / vegetable / mineral

A brief video introduction to the late works of Merce Cunningham

By Ronnie Rocket, Berlin Inspired by this article in The New York Times, I have compiled a handful of ballet clips featuring some late works by choreographer Merce Cunningham from his “computer” period. Rondo (1996) This dance is in two parts. The first part consists of eight dances: two solos (one for a woman, one… Continue reading A brief video introduction to the late works of Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham Day

Today is Merce Cunningham Day and I will be celebrating the life of the dancer and choreographer all day on this blog post with continuous updated. Please bookmark and follow if you love modern ballet. Here is the first video segment: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112126232989949640119/posts/FM8G6tmq8yM https://plus.google.com/u/0/112126232989949640119/posts/W7GVZWbDwFU https://plus.google.com/u/0/112126232989949640119/posts/dHKCYKUpQe5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/112126232989949640119/posts/ZiEZHTbz9zJ https://plus.google.com/u/0/112126232989949640119/posts/iyWJott1FmU

Baryshnikov Plans Fund-Raising for Cage and Cunningham

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is opening a campaign to raise $1 million for artistic fellowships named for the composer John Cage (1912-92) and the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The effort, to be announced on Thursday, is intended to give artists a place to work, specifically in Studio… Continue reading Baryshnikov Plans Fund-Raising for Cage and Cunningham

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)

Opening Friday April 19th, the San Jose Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s “Duets”

Here is a Nathaniel Tileston photo from the original cast–Merce dancing with Cathy Kerr in 1980. Another photo of “Duets,” having its San Jose Ballet premiere this weekend–Here are American Ballet Theatre’s Robert La Fosse and Christine Spizzo in 1982.

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)

Martin Chaix – „We were right here!!“ (Premiere tonight)

The title of the first choreography by Martin Chaix for Ballett am Rhein takes us straight into the ballet studio. On the day of his arrival in Düsseldorf in the autumn of 2009 the dancer and choreographer discovered on the wall of the ballet room the written words. “we were right here!! at the right… Continue reading Martin Chaix – „We were right here!!“ (Premiere tonight)

John Cage: Song and Dance

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Joan La Barbara, vocalist Meredith Monk, vocalist Jessye Norman, soprano Marc-André Hamelin, piano Yuval Sharon, director Jesse Stiles, electronics Brandon Collwes, dancer Andrea Weber, dancer Solo dancers from Merce Cunningham’s celebrated company perform the lead roles in a new realization of Second Hand, a major collaboration of Cage and Cunningham based… Continue reading John Cage: Song and Dance