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May 29 - September 21
Curitiba, BR
Tupi Or Not Tupi
The Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil will present the exhibition entitled “Tupi or not Tupi” from May 29th through September 21st.The aim of the exhibition is to present a panorama of the artists that had or have an important role in the history of modern and contemporary dance in Brazil and around the globe. It will focus on Merce Cunningham’s life and work, as well as on his company and his importance in the global dance scenario. In addition, the exhibition will include works from 23 other artists including Loie Füller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Nijinsky, and Pia Bausch. Brazilian artists such as Lia Rodrigues and “Grupo Corpo” are also part of the exhibition. info

June 14 - March 8
Minneapolis, MN
Art Expanded 1958 - 1978
Drawn from the Walker’s extensive collection of artworks, films, archival materials, and ephemera, 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 some 300 works by more than 100 artists, filmmakers, and choreographers into thematic interdisciplinary groupings in the spirit of the time. 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. Iconic pieces by these and many others in the Walker’s collection come together with recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved sculptures. info

June 18 - April 12
Florence, IT
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

September 13 - January 3rd
New York, NY
Dance and Fashion
The Museum at FIT is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition, Dance and Fashion (on view September 13, 2014 - January 3, 2015). Organized by Patricia Mears and Valerie Steele, the exhibition will explore the mutually influential relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Dance and Fashion will feature approximately 100 ensembles, dating from the nineteenth century to the present. The focus will be on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, jazz dance, and stepping will also be featured. Featured will be dance costumes by fashion designers such as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons (Merce Cunningham), Joseph Altuzarra, Iris Van Herpen, Rodarte, Olivier Theyskens, and Valentino (New York City Ballet), , and Christian Lacroix (American Ballet Theater), as well as dance-inspired fashions by designers such as Geoffrey Beene and Yves Saint Laurent. Costumes, videos, and a live performance of stepping by the women from Rick Owens’ fashion show will be featured. A multi-author book to be published by Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition, as will a free two-day symposium in November 2014, and a series of fee lectures and tours.

September 16 - 17
Lyon, FR
Sounddance (1975)
The Ballet de Lorraine will perform "Sounddance" (1975) as part of the Biennale da la danse in Lyon, France. "Sounddance" was reconstruction by former MCDC dancer Meg Harper (1968 - 1977) and former MCDC dancer and CCN - 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

October 1 - 2
Vienna, AT
BIPED (1999)
The Bayerische Staatsballett will perform BIPED October 1 - 2, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. BIPED was staged on in the spring of 2013 by Robert Swinston (MCDC 1980 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011). info

October 10 - Sept. 27
Quebec, CA
Corps rebelles/Rebel Bodies
The Musee de la civilisation of Quebec City, Canada will present and 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

November 17
Oakland, CA
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).

November 18 - 20
Angers - FR
Deli Commedia (1984)
The CNDC - Angers under the direction of Robert Swinston, former MCDC dancer (1980 - 2011) will stage an adaptation of the 1984 Cunningham film "Deli Commedia" on November 18 - 10, 2014 in Angers, France.

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

February 5 -8
New York, NY
Cross Currents (1964)
The New York Theatre Ballet will premiere the Cunningham work "Cross Currents" (1964) staged by MCDC former dancer Jennifer Goggans (2000 - 2011) with additional coaching by original cast member Carolyn Brown (1953 - 1972).

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).