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Dec.7.18 - Dec.8.18
Los Angeles, CA
Field Dances (1963) & Canfield (1969) (Excerpts)
helloThe Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts will present excerpts from both Field Dances (1963), staged by Silas Riener, and Canfield (1969), staged by Holley Farmer, for their fall repertory concerts. The Fall Repertory concerts will be at REDCAT, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.
Performance

Dec.4.18 - Dec.15.18
Winston-Salem, NC
UNCSA Intensive Arts Workshop
helloUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts participants will learn solos selected from six decades of Merce Cunningham’s choreography. The workshop will be conducted by Jean Freebury, Patricia Lent, and Andrea Weber who will use UNCSA dancers to experiment with teaching and sequencing the diverse solos. The workshop will culminate in a studio showing.
Master Class

Nov.30.18
Carros, France
Cédric Andrieux
helloCédric Andrieux is an eponymous solo, conceived by Jérôme Bel, for the dancer Cédric Andrieux. This piece is a self-contemplation of his career: first of all his training as a contemporary dancer in the city of Brest (France), and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, then as a performer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York, and lastly at the Lyon Opera Ballet. The piece features extracts from dances by Trisha Brown’s Newark, Merce Cunningham’s BIPED and Suite for Five, Philippe Tréhet’s Nuit Fragile, and Jérôme Bel’s The show must go on.
Performance

Nov.29.18 - Dec.1.18
New York, NY
Barnard MinEvent
helloBarnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live arts features choreography by modern dance legend Merce Cunningham in a MinEvent arranged and staged by Jamie Scott and Dylan Crossman expressly for Barnard and Columbia dancers. New works to premier are by David Dorfman, who is committed to creating “innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic”; Amy Hall Garner, whose work is frequently commissioned, will choreograph a new ballet; and Adrienne Truscott, who is known for her genre-straddling performances and comedic work. Produced by the Barnard College Department of Dance and performed by Barnard and Columbia University students, this concert celebrates its fourteenth season of dance in the historic West 19th Street venue.
Performance

Nov.23.18
Bogotá, Columbia
Not a moment too soon Performance
helloBogotá Columbia’s Festival Danza en la Ciudad will celebrate Merce Cunningham’s Centennial in November 2018 through Film Screenings, Installations, Public Forums, Workshops, and Performance. A theatrical-movement portrait. Not a moment too soon is a multidisciplinary performance piece about a shared journey, the end of Merce Cunningham’s life in which he was gracefully accompanied by Trevor Carlson. An intimate look into how year-by-year Cunningham continued creating new pieces until his last breath. A pilgrimage into a memory which uses audio-visual vehicles that transport us into the image and voice of Cunningham through unseen footage, tapes shot by Cunningham himself. Trevor, our guiding voice, embodies this passage and permits us a final entry into the last days of a master.
Performance

Nov.21.18
Bogotá, Columbia
The Legacy of Merce Cunningham Conference & Assemblage Screening
helloBogotá Columbia’s Festival Danza en la Ciudad will celebrate Merce Cunningham’s Centennial in November 2018 through Film Screenings, Installations, Public Forums, Workshops, and Performance. Merce Cunningham Trustee Trevor Carlson, who oversaw the The Legacy Plan of Merce Cunningham, will lead a conference with Ferran Carvajal, Director and Creator of Not a moment too soon. The conference will be a discussion will begin with dialogue regarding the creation of the Cunningham Dance Foundation’s precedent setting Legacy Plan, the Legacy Tour, and the preservation initiative known as the Cunningham Dance Capsules. Then Carvajal and Carlson will discuss how the creation of Not a moment too soon evolved and what the challenges and rewards were along their journey. The seminar will be followed by a screening of Assemblage with an introduction by Carlson.
Symposium

Nov.19.18 - Nov.21.18
Bogotá, Columbia
DanceForms Workshop
helloBogotá Columbia’s Festival Danza en la Ciudad will celebrate Merce Cunningham’s Centennial in November 2018 through Film Screenings, Installations, Public Forums, Workshops, and Performance. Former Executive Director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will provide local dancers with an opportunity to work in the style of Cunningham using the software program Cunningham helped to develop, DanceForms. The Cunningham DanceForms Workshop runs 3-days beginning 19 November from 14:00 – 16:00 daily.
Master Class

Nov.19.18
New York, NY
Variations V (1966)
helloAnthology Film Archives, in association with Electronic Arts Intermix, presents Variations V (1966), screened in its original film format. The first of a series of screenings of films by or about Merce Cunningham on the occasion of his Centennial, this evening will be introduced by original cast member Gus Solomons jr, who will also lead a Q&A session after the film. The evening begins at 7:15pm. Merce Cunningham’s Variations V was composed to a score by John Cage and performed live in 1965, remaining as a true testament to 1960's experiments in "intermedia". Video is materially integrated into the dance performance, with projections by Stan VanDerBeek and overlaid TV distortions by Nam June Paik enveloping the dancers. Twelve sound-sensitive electronic poles dot the stage; sound is triggered by the dancers' movements and then altered or delayed by the musicians. Variations V predates Cunningham's "video-dances," demonstrating a different moment in his relation to the technology. In his montage, VanDerBeek sets up a comparison between Cunningham's dance and other socio-historical legacies of movement, including factory piecework, fishing, cartoons, women applying makeup and air travel. He historically contextualizes the dance by placing it outside of its kinetic immediacy as an image of movement among many. The film, commissioned by The French American Festival and filmed at Studio Hamburg in West Germany, was directed by Arne Arnbom in 1966.
Film

Nov.17.18 - Nov.18.18
Lancaster, PA
A To Y MinEvent
helloA-Y/dancers will premiere their first evening length performance at the historic Howland Cultural Center (and later at the Trust Performing Arts Center). A-Y/dancers will perform an A To Y MinEvent, an arrangement of Cunningham works from the 1960s, 1970s and early 2000s uniquely staged for them by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Jean Freebury. The MinEvent will share a bill with a work by acclaimed dancemaker Doug Varone and a new commission by emerging choreographer Hannah Garner.
Performance

Nov.12.18 - Nov.22.18
Barcelona, Spain
Loops Film Festival
helloLOOP Barcelona and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe join the Merce Cunningham Centennial with an exhibition of video works during LOOP Festival in November 2018. Curated by Xavier Acarín and Trevor Carlson, the featured works, including Assemblage, Event for Television, Westbeth, Locale, and Channels/Inserts, are centered on Cunningham’s spatial and technological interests. Film provided Cunningham with a new realm of exploration, and the video works in Love the Daily Work underscore the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s commitment to provide Cunningham with the resources necessary to explore his artistic vision and that of his collaborators. This setting—the Barcelona Pavilion—is an exemplar of modern architectural aesthetics of light, space, and material innovation, aspects of which resonate with Cunningham’s work.
Film

Nov.9.18 - Nov.11.18
Lyon, France
Summerspace (1958) & Exchange (1978)
helloThe Lyon Opera Ballet celebrates Merce Cunningham’s Centennial with two of his major dances, remounting Summerspace, and bringing Exhange into the company’s repertoire. “A Lyric Dance,” the subtitle of Summerspace (1958), evokes the poetic quality of the piece, and captures the essence of Cunningham’s work. Six dancers’ bodies create the space, with a colorful pointillist backdrop by Robert Rauschenberg behind them, which is also reproduced on their tights. This marks the first time the Lyon Opera Ballet performs Cunningham’s Exchange, created in 1978 in New York, with sets by Jasper Johns, and a score by David Tudor. Here the concept of repetition is central, with half of the dancers performing a series of gestures, which are then taken up by the other half, and then by all performers together. Chance operations were used to create the order of movements for each section, and again to decide what movements would reoccur in the second and third sections.
Performance

Nov.1.18 - Nov.23.18
Bogotá, Columbia
Mondays with Merce Video Installation
helloBogotá Columbia’s Festival Danza en la Ciudad will celebrate Merce Cunningham’s Centennial in November 2018 through Film Screenings, Installations, Public Forums, Workshops, and Performance. The web-series Mondays with Merce, developed to give individuals a fly-on-the-wall perspective into how Merce Cunningham taught class and created dances in his 80’s from his studio in Westbeth, now serves as an opportunity to see Cunningham’s relationship to his work and the individuals who helped make it possible. Masterfully produced by the Merce Cunningham Trust’s current Scholar-in-Residence, Nancy Dalva, the 14-webisode series will be installed at Casona de la Danza from the opening of the Festival on 1 November until the closure 23 November. These webisodes are generously made available free to the public from the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Film

Oct.31.18 - Nov.4.18
Washington, D.C.
Duets
helloIncluded in The Washington Ballet’s 2018-2019 season, Merce Cunningham’s Duets will be featured in the company’s Contemporary Masters program at the Harman Center. The performance will showcase works by iconic choreographers who have defined modern dance including repertoire from Mark Morris’s Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes and Paul Taylor’s Company B
Performance

Oct.28.18 - Mar.31.19
Los Angeles, CA
Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens
helloCelebrating the Merce Cunningham Centennial, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens which includes two large works made by artists associated with the choreographer’s company—Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds and Charles Atlas’s MC9. Warhol’s whimsical Silver Clouds was used as décor for Cunningham’s 1968 dance RainForestMC9, short for “Merce Cunningham to the ninth power,” is an immersive installation with excerpts from 21 dances for camera and documentary videos Atlas made with Cunningham. Two videos documenting early Cunningham dances are screened in an adjacent gallery: Changeling (1958), a solo piece, and Night Wandering (1964), a duet with star dancer Carolyn Brown.
Exhibition

Oct.27.18
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Torse
helloA collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham, Charles Atlas’ film of the remarkably difficult dance Torse features a score by pioneering composer Maryanne Amacher. Torse has been generously provided by the Merce Cunningham Trust and is being screened as part of the official Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration. This film is screened in association with the current exhibition Sensory Agents. Featuring a double screen, Torse was filmed in 1977 at the University of Washington, Seattle and first screened publicly at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center in 1978.
Film

Oct.27.18 - Oct.28.18
Barcelona, Spain
20 Dancers for the XX Century
helloThe Musee de la danse/CNDC Rennes, France will perform 20 Dancers for the XX Century on October 27 and 28, 2018 at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain. As part of the performance, former MCDC dancer Ashley Chen (2000 - 2003) will perform excerpts from BIPED, RainForest, Changing Steps, Second Hand, and Suite for Five. 20 Dancers for the XX Century will feature twenty dancers and performers from different generations performing, recalling, appropriating, reenacting, lecturing and transmitting acclaimed solo works of the last century that were originally conceived or performed by some of the most significant modernist and postmodernist dancers, choreographers, and performance artists.
Performance

Oct.25.18 - Oct.27.18
Miami, FL
Merce in Miami 100 - Professional Development Days
helloThe New World School celebrates the Cunningham Centennial with events throughout the Centennial celebration. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. A lively and engaging professional development day for Miami-Dade County Public Schools dance teachers, this event will include a rich assortment of workshops and classes with information to bring back to the classroom, led by representatives from the Merce Cunningham Trust, Ballet Hispanico, and others. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. A day of classes and workshops for professional dancers, choreographers, and educators led by representatives from the Merce Cunningham Trust, Ballet Hispanico, and others. Free and open to dance professionals.
Film

Oct.24.18 - Oct.25.18
Barcelona, Spain
Flip Book
helloChoreographer Boris Charmatz created Flip Book based on the photographs in David Vaughan's Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years. Based on the photographic moments captured in the book's images, Charmatz wove together a unique choreographic homage to Cunningham. Charmatz says of the piece: On the one hand it would be a purely "fake Cunningham" piece, but on the other hand, I think if we succeed that it could become a real one, a real Cunningham piece, a Meta-Cunningham event with a glimpse of his entire life and work... I consider this experience as an integral part of our research, of our specific interest for the issue of archive, history and scores, which could meet here its tumultuous dimension: the entire history of a life’s work become book, transformed in its turn into a performance elaborated by a handful of dancers. The performance takes place at the Mercat de les Flors, in Barcelona Spain.
Performance

Oct.22.18
Stanford, CA
RainForest Film Screening, Dance Excerpt & Panel
helloIn conjunction with the Contact Warhol: Photography without End exhibition, a screening of the film of Cunningham's dance piece RainForest (1968), which incorporated Warhol's "Silver Clouds," helium-inflated mylar balloons that work as reflective mirrors and climate barometers on stage, will be followed by a performance demonstration by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Silas Riener. A panel (including former MCDC member Albert Reid) organized and led by Professor Peggy Phelan, the Denning Family Director of the Stanford Arts Institute and "Contact Warhol" exhibition co-curator, will follow.
Film

Oct.21.18
Brest, France
20 Dancers for the XX Century
helloThe Musee de la danse/CNDC Rennes, France will perform 20 Dancers for the XX Century on October 21, 2018 at the Ateliers des Capuchins, Brest, France. As part of the performance, former MCDC dancer Ashley Chen (2000 - 2003) will perform excerpts from BIPED, RainForest, Changing Steps, Second Hand, and Suite for Five. 20 Dancers for the XX Century will feature twenty dancers and performers from different generations performing, recalling, appropriating, reenacting, lecturing and transmitting acclaimed solo works of the last century that were originally conceived or performed by some of the most significant modernist and postmodernist dancers, choreographers, and performance artists.
Performance

Oct.20.18
Lorient, France
20 Dancers for the XX Century
helloThe Musee de la danse/CNDC Rennes, France will perform 20 Dancers for the XX Century on October 20, 2018 at Base de Sous-Marins, Bloc K3, Lorient, France. As part of the performance, former MCDC dancer Ashley Chen (2000 - 2003) will perform excerpts from BIPED, RainForest, Changing Steps, Second Hand, and Suite for Five. 20 Dancers for the XX Century will feature twenty dancers and performers from different generations performing, recalling, appropriating, reenacting, lecturing and transmitting acclaimed solo works of the last century that were originally conceived or performed by some of the most significant modernist and postmodernist dancers, choreographers, and performance artists.
Performance

Oct.20.18 - Oct.21.18
Lyon, France
EDAC Master Class
helloFormer company member, Trustee, and Director of Licensing Patricia Lent will lead a master class at the Espace des Arts Choregraphiques in Lyon, France on October 20 - 21, 2018.
Master Class

Oct.19.18
Carbondale, CO
If the Dancer Dances
helloFormer company dancer Lise Friedman and director Maia Wechsler made "If the Dancer Dances" to try to illumniate the fagility of preserving legacy dances. They documented the work of former company dancers Andrea Weber, Meg Harper, and Rashaun Mitchell as they restaged Cunningham's iconic RainForest on the Stephen Petronio Company. The film premiered at the Dance on Film festival at Lincoln Center this summer.
Film

Oct.15.18 - Oct.21.18
New York, NY
Répétiteur - Art Installation
helloArtist Jorge Otero-Pailos created an immersive installation in the City Center Harkness Studio. The work explores how dance masters pass their choreography from generation to generation through a trusted disciple who serves as their living archive. Otero-Pailos has incorporated a sound collage of dancers learning a Cunningham work from Patricia Lent.
Exhibition

Oct.6.18 - Oct. 28.18
Mexico City, Mexico
Assemblage Screenings
helloScreenings of Assemblage (1968), experimental film by Merce Cunningham and director Richard Moore that shows Cunningham's dance company in a public space in San Francisco. Through special effects, the bodies of the dancers appear superimposed on the architecture of the square. Colored by the artist Charles Atlas and with sound effects by John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma, Assemblage is a psychedelic collage of movement, time and space. The screenings are in association with the exhibition Xavier Le Roy Retrospective that provides a look at this French artist/choreographer's and investigates how we use, consume or produce time. Additional information here
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