Merce Cunningham Trust

Classes

CUNNINGHAM TECHNIQUE® IN NEW YORK CITY

City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street
Monday – Friday
12:15 – 1:45 pm
Open Level

Taught by Jennifer Goggans, Carol Teitelbaum, Andrea Weber and other former Cunningham dancers.

 

Teaching Schedule

Week of May 23rd

May 23  -  NO CLASS
May 24  -  Melissa Toogood
May 25  -  Carol Teitelbaum
May 26  -  Jean Freebury
May 27  -  Jennifer Goggans
 
 
 

 

 

For more information about classes at City Center contact jgoggans@mercecunningham.org

“Quite simply, my motivation for training in this technique is that it has made me a stronger, smarter dancer for all my other projects. Beyond the functionality as a physical warm-up, the class structure is embedded with ideas central to Cunningham’s artistic legacy.”

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper

“For a working dancer in the city I have yet to find an environment as connected as the one surrounding these classes. The dancers who attend as well as those who teach provide a connection to our field that is incomparable.“

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper

AUDITIONS

Cunningham Workshop Audition
Sunday, June 19, 2016
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
11:00am - 2:30pm
Check-in begins at 10:30am
 
The audition will be for the Inlets 2 and Walkaround Time workshops listed below. If selected, you'll be asked to participate in either one or both workshops and will receive daily technique class free of charge. Exact rehearsal times are to be determined but are generally in the afternoon for three or four hours beginning at 2pm. A limited number of MCT stipends will be awarded for these workshops based on both the June 19th audition as well as previous participation in classes and workshops. To register, complete the application here and send it to rsvp@mercecunningham.org by June 17th.
 
Please keep your responses brief, making sure the completed form does not exceed one-page. If you are interested but unable to attend the audition, mention that on the application. Further consideration will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

WORKSHOPS

“I feel that the work has challenged me to be precise and efficient. It has challenged me to be rhythmically clear and exact. I really appreciate that there is never anything extra to be 'put on' or added, and I have to find my own meaning in dancing. It feels like each piece I've learned requires me to step into a different realm.”

Benny Olk
Freelance dancer, currently working with Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Moriah Evans and Daniel Roberts; graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts

“People often wonder what is the best way to support and foster the development of emerging artists. I think the workshops are a great solution. What could be better than working to improve technique and learn prestigious repertory under the direction of insightful and interested coaches? It is a great introduction to the NYC dance scene.”

Andrew Harper
Independent choreographer; graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts

NEW YORK

 

Merce Cunningham Dance Company in TV Rerun, Photo by Jack Mitchell
 
TV Rerun (1972) Workshop
led by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
May 23 - 27, 2016
 
TV Rerun was described by Carolyn Brown as, "a dance in which everyone learns the same material but is free to choose spontaneously in performance what parts of it she or he wishes to perform." Cunningham explored shifting focus on stage by having one or more persons moving around the stage photographing the performance, so that the dancers would be aware and move with a non-fixed focus. Jasper Johns's costume design was white or black leotards and tights, and the score was by Gordon Mumma, titled Telepos.
 
 
Inventions (1989) Workshop
led by Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
June 3 - 10, 2016
 
 
Change of Address (1992) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
July 11 - 29, 2016
 
 
Inlets 2 (1983) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011) assisted by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003)
August 15 - 26, 2016
 
 
Walkaround Time (1968) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and Meg Harper (MCDC 1968 - 1977)
August 29 - September 9, 2016
USA
 
American Dance Festival  -  Durham, NC
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
June 16 - July 31, 2016

INTERNATIONAL

 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance  -  London, UK
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
led by Daniel Squire (MCDC 1998 - 2009)
May 23 - June 10, 2016