Media / 1964

Antic Meet

Performed like a series of vaudeville scenes that overlap, "Antic Meet" consisted of ten playful and comedic numbers. The curtains opened with Cunningham moving among the other dancers as a clown-like figure “who falls in love with a society whose rules he doesn’t know”, and concludes much in the same way, as he attempts to keep up with the dancers, each with their own movements, as they dance diagonally across the stage. Cage provided the musical accompaniment, using a version of "Concert for Piano and Orchestra," and Rauschenberg designed the costumes, which included fur coats and parachute dresses over black leotards.

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Video Type

Performance

Dances

Antic Meet

Length

27 minutes

Director

Arne Arnbom

Set

Robert Rauschenberg

Producer

COLOR/BW

B/W

Music

Concert for Piano and Orchestra, John Cage

Musicians

John Cage

Dancers

Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Anneliese Widman, Viola Farber, Sandra Neels, Steve Paxton