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 JUNE 27th

June 27  -  Carol Teitelbaum
June 28  -  Dylan Crossman
June 29  -  Carol Teitelbaum
June 30  -  Jennifer Goggans
July 1 -  Jean Freebury
 
 
 

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

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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

 

Change of Address (1992) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
July 11 - 29, 2016
 
Left: Randall Sanderson, David Kulick, Chris Komar. Right: David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Robert Swinston, Carol Teitelbaum in Change of Address.
Photos by Lawrence Ivy (1992)
 
Cunningham wrote that the choreography consisted of 32 phrases that were combined, using chance operations. Many of them featured unbalances, either by a single person or in combination. "The phrases are set; the unbalances have a certain freedom." The motif of "unbalances" recurred often, with people tilting, even to the point of falling. Thus, several times three men leaned against each other until two of them fell to the floor, and so on. Walter Zimmermann's music, Self-Forgetting, based on a text by Meister Eckhart, was scored for violin, bandoneon or harmonium, glass harmonica, cowbells, and voice; other instruments could be added. Marsha Skinner's decor was based on one of series of small chance landscapes she had recently painted. The costumes were in the same earth colors, with a red stripe running down one side of the body and along one leg. Change of Address was commissioned by the University of Texas, Austin.
 
 
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

 
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