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 february 8th

February 8  -  Carol Teitelbaum
February 9  -  Holley Farmer
February 10  -  Andrea Weber
February 11  -  Jennifer Goggans
February 12  -  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

Cunningham Summer Workshop Audition
Sunday, March 13, 2016
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Check-in begins at 10:30am
 
The audition is for the TV Rerun, Inventions, and Change of Address workshops listed below. If selected, you may be asked to participate in any number of them 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 March 13th audition as well as previous participation in classes and workshops. To register, complete the application here and send the completed form to rsvp@mercecunningham.org by 03/11/2016.

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

 

Squaregame (1976) Fellowship Workshop
led by Ellen Cornfield (MCDC 1974 - 1983) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
February 8 - 19, 2016
 
MCDC in Squaregame, Photo by Herb Migdoll (1976)
 
As its title suggests, this playful piece is much like a game. Squaregame was first performed on a surface resembling an athletic court, and its participants were invited to stop and watch one another, as if they were on the sidelines at a sporting event. A recurring theme in the ballet was that of people hanging on to others and being carried or dragged along by them. This can be seen several times throughout the dance, as in when one of the male dancers lunged from side to side, doing a series of contractions, with a female dancer hanging on to his waist. The set design by Mark Lancaster consisted of a white floor cloth surrounded by bands of green Astroturf, and the costumes were practice clothes, with the dancers dressed in sweatpants and ankle socks.
 
 
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) Space Residency
Week 1: Suite for Five (1956) with Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
February 29 - March 4
 Weeks 2 - 4: Fabrications (1987) with Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
March 7 - March 21, 2016
 
 
TV Rerun (1972) Workshop
led by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
May 23 - 27, 2016
 
 
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

INTERNATIONAL

 
Conservatoire de Paris - Paris, France
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
taught by Cheryl Therrien (MCDC 1993 - 2003)
October 2015 - May 2016
 
 
Sydney Dance Company - Sydney, Australia
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
taught by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
March 7 - 11, 2016
 
 
Fluid Canvas (2002) Fellowship Workshop - London, UK
led by Julie Cunningham (MCDC 2004 - 2011) and Daniel Squire (MCDC 1998 - 2009)
March 29 - April 8, 2016