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 April 27th

April 27  -  Jennifer Goggans
April 28  -  Lisa Boudreau
April 29  -  Carol Teitelbaum
April 30  -  Patricia Lent
May 1 -  Daniel Roberts

 

For more information about classes at City Center contact Jennifer Googans at 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

TBA

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 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

USA

 
Doubles (1984) Workshop
led by Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
April 27 - May 15, 2015
 

MCDC in Doubles, Photo by Jay Anderson (1984)

 

Split Sides (2003) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and
Daniel Roberts (MCDC 2000 - 2005)
May 26 - June 12, 2015
 
 
American Dance Festival  -  Durham, NC
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
taught by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
June 11 - July 25, 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.
 
 
Columbia College  -  Chicago, IL
Summer Session Courses
Cunningham Technique, Repertory and Composition
taught by Banu Ogan (MCDC 1993 - 2000) and Bonnie Brooks
June 29 - July 17, 2015
 

INTERNATIONAL

 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance  -  London, UK
MinEvent Workshop
led by Daniel Squire (MCDC 1998 - 2009)
 May 24 - June 12, 2015
 
 
CNDC Ecole Superieur  -  Angers, France
MinEvent
staged by Robert Swinston (MCDC 1980 - 2011)
 June 24, 2015