May, 2023 News

This summer, for the first time since the pandemic began, we are very happy to have a very full schedule of activity. Beginning in June, we will host three Fellowship workshops delving into Cunningham works, one of which will look at how Events are structured and assembled. June will also bring the first public screening of Daniel Madoff's (MCDC 2007-11) wonderful film August Pace: 1989-2019, which was selected as part of the America Dance Festival's "Movies by Movers" series.

Some other projects we are working on include preparation for a soon to be announced special program planned for late summer. We continue to share solos and duets from the Cunningham repertory with dancers so that they can add them to their own repertoires, keeping the work alive through transmittal and performance. In particular, Morgan Amirah Burns and Alexzander Larson will each learn a solo from Travelogue (1977) as part of their 2022 Barbara Ensley Awards, which include a license to perform the work.

And, of course, we continue to offer licenses for performances of Cunningham works to dance companies and universities. Future performances will include Rune (1959), Beach Birds (1991), BIPED (1999), and CRWDSPCR (1993).

My note is short this month as I am spending much of my time enjoying the lovely outdoor weather. But there is no shortage of opportunities (see below) to experience Cunningham works, indoors and (announcement forthcoming!) out. I hope we will see you at one of the upcoming events.

Ken Tabachnick, Executive Director

Architects of Dance

Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004-11) will perform a solo from Fractions (1978) and Michael Trusnovec will perform a solo from Variations V (1965) as part of Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater's "Architects of Dance" one-night special event. The program also includes an original work by Weber.

The performance will take place on May 18, 2023, at the Vogel Auditorium in the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ.

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Exploring Cunningham Technique®

Former dancer and company Rehearsal Assistant Jeannie Steele (MCDC 1993-2005) will teach this short course offering Cunningham-based teachers a deeper exploration of the foundational elements of the Cunningham Technique. This course is intended for those who already have an existing Cunningham-based teaching practice.

The course is taking place from May 22-June 2 at The Place in London.

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Ballet de Lorraine Performs Sounddance

Back home after their successful New York season at the Skirball Center, Ballet de Lorraine will perform Sounddance (1975) in their spring season. Along with Sounddance, the company will perform their Cunningham Centennial For Four Walls, a reimagining of Four Walls (1944), a lost early Cage-Cunningham collaboration, and Lucinda Childs' Songs from Before.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the May 31 performance, click here.