Merce Cunningham Trust

Eleven 1988


PREMIERE DATE March 09, 1988
PREMIERE VENUE The Joyce Theater
LOCATION New York, NY
MUSIC Robert Ashley Problems in the Flying Saucer
COSTUMES William Anastasi
DURATION 27 minutes
ORGINAL CAST Helen Barrow, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Larissa McGoldrick, Dennis O'Connor, Kristy Santimyer, Robert Swinston, Carol Teitelbaum
"Eleven" was so named because of the number of dancers in the piece. Cunningham divided the stage space into eight equal parts. Chance operations determined which dancers would perform which section and in what area of the stage. Each phrase had to stay withing the area in which it began; then the dancers could move to another square.