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June 14 - March 8
Minneapolis, MN
Art Expanded 1958 - 1978
This exhibition explores the many facets of the so-called “expanded arts” scene of the 1960s and ’70s, charting a transformational phase in the history of 20th-century art when artists around the world collectively began to challenge, critique, and upend traditional media and disciplines. The teachings of John Cage, the emergence of event scores and Happenings, the dissemina­tion of Fluxus material and editions, and the embrace of conceptualism, performance, video, television, avant-garde film, and experimental music—all of these factors in the context of a rapidly changing world influenced artists and thinkers as they tested art’s evolving status as object, information, and experience. The exhibition assembles works by more than 100 artists, filmmakers, and choreographers. Among the artists featured are Yoko Ono, Jasper Johns, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, George Brecht, Yayoi Kusama, Yvonne Rainer, Dieter Roth, and Tony Conrad. info
Exhibition

June 18 - April 12
Florence, IT
Equilibrium
This new Museo Salvatore Ferragamo exhibition will focused on the concept of Equilibrium, the bond between physical and mental balance in art, architecture, dance and more. As part of this exhibition excerpts from Merce Cunningham's films "BIPED" (1999) and "Pond Way" (1999) will be shown. info
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September 13 - January 3
New York, NY
Dance & Fashion
The Museum at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology NY) will present an exhibition "Dance & Fashion." from September 13 - January 3, 2015. The exhibition will feature the Cunningham dance "Scenario" (1997). "Dance & Fashion" explores the relationship between dance and fashion. Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska). But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, is on ballet and modern dance. In addition to the exhibition symposium, lectures and guided tours will be presented. info
Exhibition

September 29 - November 9
Valencia, CA
Site-Specific Dance & Performance Works
CalArts is relaunching Stephan Koplowitz's free online course, "Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works", on Coursera. The course dates are September 29 to November 9, 2014. Merce Cunningham's works "Grand Central Event" (1987), "Ocean" (2008) film by Charles Atlas, and "Beacon Events" ( 2007-2009) are featured. info .
Master Class

October 9 - December 20
New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg: A Visual Lexicon
The Leo Castelli Gallery will present an exhibition entitled "Robert Rauschenberg: A Visual Lexicon" from October 9 - December 20, 2014. The exhibition will display photos from Cunningham's dance "Antic Meet" (1958) which had costumes and decor designed by then company artistic director Robert Rauschenberg. info
Exhibition

October 10 - September 27
Quebec, CA
Corps rebelles/Rebel Bodies
The Musee de la civilisation of Quebec City, Canada will present an exhibition on contemporary dance its works, creators, inspirations and universal language. Entitled "Corp rebelles/Rebel Bodies" The exhibition will feature excerpts from Merce Cunningyham's BIPED (1999) as well as excerpts from the webisode "Mondays with Merce" No. 1. info
Exhibition

November 1 - February 15
Brisbane, AU
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
The exhibition "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion", was first exhibited at the Barbican Art Gallery (2010), and toured to Haus der Kunst, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Seattle Art Museum and Peabody Essex Museum. The 7th and the last venue for this exhibition will be from November 1, - February 15, 2015 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Featured in the exhibit is an interview film of Rei Kawakubo, edited by the Barbican, including film excerpts of "Scenario" (1997), Music: Takehisa Kosugi, Wave Code A-Z, Costumes and Space and Lighting Concept: Rei Kawakubo, Lighting: Masao Nihei and David Covey, Space: Takao Kawasaki, First Performance: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York NY, 14 October 1997. info
Exhibition

November 14 - 16
New York, NY
Duets (1980) excerpts
American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, formerly ABT II, will perform excerpts from "Duets" (1980) at the 92nd Street Y's Buttenwieser Hall on November 14, 15 and 16, 2014. "Duets" will be staged by MCT trustee and former MCDC dancer Patricia Lent (1984 - 1993). In addition to "Duets" the company will presents a program of ensemble pieces and pas de deux from its classical dance repertory. The ABT Studio Company trains young dancers (ages 16-20) to entering American Ballet Theatre’s main Company. info
Performance

November 17
Oakland, CA
MinEvent
Mills College Department of Dance will premiere a "MinEvent" of the works of Merce Cunningham staged by former MCDC dancer (1997 - 2009) and Visiting Assistant Professor Holley Farmer. The "MinEvent" will incorproate the choreographic material from "Scramble" (1967).
Performance

November 21
Brussels, BE
UNESCO - Living Human Treasures
On Friday, November 21, 2014 the conference 'Virtuoso Flanders! " will take place in Brussels, Belgium. "Virtuoso Flanders!" is part of the UNESCO Living Human Treasures program which originated in 2003 to provide perspective, and identify exemplary bearers of intangible cultural heritage. By invitation Trevor Carlson, MCT trustee and former Executive Director of the Cunningham Dance Foundation will present "Dance Capsules: Capturing Ephemeral Art" which discusses preservation of the work of the choreographer Merce Cunningham. This conference brings together expertise and insights from around the globe. It iis a program initiated by FARO, ETWIE, tapis Square Heritage Brussels, the Firmament, Circus Center, and the province of West Flanders. info
Symposium

November 23
Saint Mars la Jaille, FR
Sounddance (1975)
The CCN - Ballet de Lorraine will perform "Sounddance" (1975) as part their performance at Saint Mars la Jaille - Espace Culturel Paul Guimard on November "Sounddance" was reconstruction by former MCDC dancer Meg Harper (1968 - 1977) and former MCDC dancer and CCN - Ballet de Lorraine rehearsal director Thomas Caley (1993 - 2000). David Tudor’s powerful score for "Sounddance" provides an energetic accompaniment to Cunningham’s fast pace choreography. Mark Lancaster designed the original costumes. info
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November 25
Rouen, FR
BIPED (1999)
The Bayerische Staatsballett will perform BIPED as part of the Normandy Festival on November 25, 2014 in Rouen, France. BIPED was staged on in the spring of 2013 by Robert Swinston (MCDC 1980 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011). info
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November 25
Besancon, FR
Event
The CNDC - Angers under the direction of Robert Swinston, former MCDC dancer (1980 - 2011) will perform his Cunningham EVENT (2014) in Besancon, France on November 25, 2014.
Performance

February 18 - 21
New York, NY
Cross Currents (1964)
New York Theatre Ballet will premiere "Cross Currents" (1964) on their New York season at New York Live Arts on February 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2015. "Cross Currents" will be staged by former MCDC dancer Jennifer Goggans (2000 - 2011). First performed in London on July 31, 1964 as part of the 1964 World Tour, the title comes from the way the dancer’s paths frequently intersected. The music was by Conlon Nancarrow, arranged by John Cage. info
Performance

February 26 - March 1
Winston-Salem, NC
Sounddance (1975)
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts will premiere their license of Merce Cunningham's "Sounddance" (1975) on February 26, 2015 at the Stevens Center at 7:30pm. "Sounddance" will be staged by MCDC dancers Meg Harper (1968 - 1977) and Andrea Weber (2004 - 2011). Additional works on the program include "Birthday Offering", a one-act ballet choreographed by Sir Fredrick Ashton and two world premieres, by alumna and School of Dance faculty member Trish Casey, and by Dean of Dance Susan Jaffe. info
Performance

March 10 - 15
New York, NY
Event
The CNDC - Angers under the direction of Robert Swinston, former MCDC dancer (1980 - 2011) will perform a Cunningham "Event" as part of their 1st New York City, performances March 10 - 15, 2015 at the Joyce Theater. info
Performance

March 27 - 28
Bloomington, IN
Duets (1980)
The Jacobs School of Music, dance program, Indiana University will premiere the Cunningham work "Duets" (1980) on March 28 & 28, 2015. "Duets" will be staged by former MCDC dancer Banu Ogan (1993 - 2000).
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April 7 - 12
New York, NY
RainForest (1968)
The Stephen Petronio Company will perform Cunningham's masterwork "RainForest" as part of their New York City season on April 7 - 12, 2015. "RainForest" will be staged by former MCDC dancers Meg Harper (1968 - 1977), Andrea Weber (2004 - 2011) and Raushan Mitchell (2004 - 2011). In addition former MCDC dancer melissa Toogood (2008 - 2011) will perform this dance as a guest artist reprising her role in the MCDC Legacy Tour of 2010 - 2011. about the dance: the title for "RainForest" came from Cunningham’s childhood memories of the Northwest, and the rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. Visual artist Andy Warhol agreed to let Cunningham use his installation "Silver Clouds"--a number of Mylar pillows filled with helium, so that they floated freely in the air. The dancers wore flesh-colored leotards and tights, which Jasper Johns (uncredited) cut with a razor blade, to give the costumes a roughened appearance. The music was by David Tudor, and evoked the chirping and chattering of birds and animals.
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May 15
New York, NY
Doubles (1984)
The 92nd Street Y Fridays At Noon will present a program about the merce Cunningham dance "Doubles (1984) on May 15, 2015. Staged by MCT trustee and former MCDC dancer Patricia Lent (1984 - 1993) with assistance from MCDC dancer Dylan Crossman (2009 - 2011). The program will feature commentary by NYTimes chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay. info
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