Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event



This one-time special Cunningham Event, on what would have been his 100th birthday (April 16, 2019), comprises three distinct performances—one in each city. Taken together, they are the largest Cunningham Event ever.

In Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, each of the three participating institutions—the Barbican, London, BAM in New York City, and CAP UCLA in Los Angeles—will present a seventy-five (75) minute performance comprised of 100 solos choreographed by Merce Cunningham. In each city, a former dancer experienced in creating Cunningham Events will work with an associate stager and other Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni to impart the choreography to a new generation of dancers.

As was the case for the Events late in Cunningham’s career, it will be impossible for any one person to see all of Night of 100 Solos at once. However, reflecting Cunningham’s interest in technology, and taking advantage of the multiple time zones in which the Event will be staged, there will be a live-stream allowing anyone anywhere to experience each venue’s performance in real-time.

During the evening, a set specifically curated for each venue will grace the stage. Keeping with traditional Cunningham performances, each city’s performance will include live music performed by composers and musicians who represent expressions of Cunningham’s musical interests over the course of his lifetime. Former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Music Committee are participating or supporting the evening.


Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event

The Merce Cunningham Trust in conjunction with:

The Barbican, London

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York City

Center for the Art of Performance (CAP), Los Angeles

All Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event is supported with a generous grant by the

Howard Gilman Foundation.



The Barbican Theatre

April 16, 2019 @7:45pm (BST)

Staged by Daniel Squire

Associate Stagers Ashley Chen and Cheryl Therrien

Music Coordinator Christian Wolff

Set: “Shadows Cast by Readymades” by Richard Hamilton


Luke Ahmet, Harry Alexander, Elly Braund, Siobhan Davies, Inès Depauw, Daphne Fernberger, Jonathan Goddard, Nathan Gracia, Thomasin Gülgeç, Francesca Hayward, Hannah Kidd, Catherine LeGrand, Sophie Martin, Estela Merlos, Mbulelo Ndabedi, Michael Nunn, Rowan Parker, Else Raymond, Joseph Sissens, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Toke Strandby, Asha Thomas, Billy Trevitt, Luc Verbitzky, and Ben Warbis


Mira Benjamin, John Lely, Anton Lukoszevies, Christian Marclay, and Christian Wolff


Studio Wayne McGregor in London is supporting Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event as part of their FreeSpace program.


BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House

April 16, 2019 @7:30pm (EDT)


Staged by Patricia Lent

Associate Stager Jean Freebury

Music Coordinator John King

Set Design Pat Steir


Kyle Abraham, Christian Allen, Reid Bartelme, Jacqueline Bulnes, Cecily Campbell, Peiju Chien-Pott, Maggie Cloud, Jason Collins, Marc Crousillat, Angela Falk, Tamisha Guy, Jacquelin Harris, Forrest Hersey, Eleanor Hullihan, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Claude “CJ” Johnson, Lindsey Jones, Sara Mearns, Sharon Milanese, Chalvar Monteiro, David Norsworthy, Keith Sabado, Vicky Shick, Joshua Tuason, and Anson Zwingelberg


David Behrman, Gelsey Bell, John King, Matana Roberts, and Jesse Stiles


Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) has provided studio space for the Night of 100 Solos creative team and cast to rehearse the BAM performance.


CAP UCLA's Royce Hall

April 16, 2019 @8:00pm (PDT)

Staged by Andrea Weber

Associate Stager Dylan Crossman

Music Coordinator Stephan Moore

Set Design Jennifer Steinkamp


Paige Amicon, Barry Brannum, Lorrin Brubaker, Rena Butler, Tamsin Carlson, Erin Dowd, Katherine Helen Fisher, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Casey Hess, Thomas House, Laurel Jenkins, Burr Johnson, Vanessa Knouse, Cori Kresge, Brian Lawson, Jessica Liu, Victor Lozano, Daniel McCusker, Polly Motley, Jermaine Maurice Spivey, Savannah Spratt, Pam Tanowitz, Ros Warby, Riley Watts, and Sam Wentz


Madison Greenstone, Bethan Kellough, Stephan Moore, Stephanie Richards, and Suzanne Thorpe


Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event

Music Director: John King

Costume Design: Reid and Harriet

Filming and Livestream Produced by Nel Shelby Productions

Co-produced by The Barbican, London, Brooklyn Academy of Music, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Creative Producer: Trevor Carlson

Executive Producer: Ken Tabachnick


Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event is supported with a generous grant by the

Howard Gilman Foundation.


The Cunningham Centennial and its programs are generously supported with major funding from the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, American Express Foundation and Judith Pisar. 

Additional funding has been provided by the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Judy and Alan Fishman, Molly Davies, Myra Malkin and Barbara Pine.

Centennial Community Programs are supported with a major gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.