Merce Cunningham Trust

Walkaround Time 1968


PREMIERE DATE March 10, 1968
PREMIERE VENUE Buffalo State College, State University of New York
LOCATION Buffalo, NY
MUSIC David Behrman ...for nearly an hour...
DECOR Jasper Johns
COSTUMES Jasper Johns
DURATION 48 minutes
ORGINAL CAST Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Meg Harper, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, Albert Reid, Valda Setterfield, Jeff Slayton, Gus Solomons jr
The title for "Walkaround Time" came from Cunningham’s fascination with computers and technology. When asked about his inspiration for the piece he said, “You feed the computer information, then you have to wait while it digests. There’s some argument as to whether the computer is walking around or those who are waiting.” The decor for "Walkaround Time" was created by Jasper Johns after the Marcel Duchamp work, "The Large Glass." The piece was divided into seven sections, and explored ideas of perception when the spectator looks not only at an object but through it, to see another viewer on the other side. David Behrman composed the music, and Jasper Johns designed the costumes.