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 for the week of March 23rd
 
March 23 - Daniel Roberts
March 24 - Jennifer Goggans
March 25 - Carol Teitelbaum
March 26 - Daniel Madoff
March 27  - Lisa Boudreau
 
 
For more information about classes at City Center contact Jennifer Goggans at: jgoggans@mercecunningham.org
 
 

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.

Joshua Tuason
Dancer, Stephen Petronio Company

Dancer, Ian Spencer Bell Dance

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

 

 

AUDITIONS - New York City

 
 
 
Saturday, April 4, 2015
City Center Studios, 5th Floor
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
11:00am - 3:00pm
 
This audition is for the Split Sides, Landrover, Locale, and CRWDSPCR workshops listed below. If selected, you may be asked to participate in any number of them (1, 2, 3, or 4), and will receive technique classes free of charge. A limited number of MCT Stipends will be awarded for these workshops. The stipends will be awarded based on the audition as well as on previous participation in classes and workshops.
 
To register for the audition, complete the application form here and send it to rsvp@mercecunningham.org by April 1st.
 
 

Workshops - NYC

 
 
MCT SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
 
 
Split Sides (2003) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and Daniel Roberts (MCDC 2000 - 2005)
May 26 - June 12, 2015
 
 
 Fellowship Workshop in Composition
Chance Procedures as Choreographic Strategies
led by Neil Greenberg (MCDC 1980 - 1986)
and Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
June 15 - 26, 2015
 
This workshop will center on Merce Cunningham's use of chance mechanisms and indeterminacy as choreographic strategies. The first week will be based on a composition workshop taught by Cunningham in 1978, in which he led participants through a choreographic process he utilized for his 1976 work, Torse. Participants will make their own studies based on these choreographic strategies, focusing especially on the use of chance to influence movement creation, sequencing, and use of space. In the second week participants will devise their own projects, experimenting with personal approaches to the incorporation of chance methods. The emphasis in the second week will be how these ideas can be utilized and adapted to further the aesthetic interests of each participant. Over the course of the two weeks, participants will also learn excerpts from Cunningham's 1992 work Enter as a case study for examining chance procedures. The workshop will culminate in a studio showing of material created by the participants.
 
Those interested in this workshop should please contact Patricia Lent (plent@mac.com)
 
 
Landrover (1972) Repertory Workshop
led by Sandra Neels (MCDC 1963 - 1973) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
July 6 - 17, 2015
 
 
Locale (1979) Fellowship Workshop
led by Kimberly Bartosik (MCDC 1987 - 1996) and Carol Teitlebaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
July 20 - 31, 2015
 
 
CRWDSPCR (1994) Fellowship Workshop
led by Marcie Munnerlyn (MCDC 2004 - 2011) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
August 3 - 21, 2015
 
 
 

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

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 Moriah Evans and Daniel Roberts;
graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts