Media / 1999

Melange

Melange is a videodance by Merce Cunningham and filmmaker Charles Atlas, created over September 30 - October 2, 1999 during the filming of Atlas’ documentary Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance.

The videodance comprises a series of excerpts that alternate between the austere/minimal geometric spaces of INA Studios, Brysur-Marne, and the urban industrial landscape outside Les Frigos, an artists’ squat-turned-contemporary arts complex in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement. The scenes feature choreography that would later be incorporated into Cunningham’s dance titled Interscape (2000). The music likewise comprises selections from environmental sound recordings materials recorded for John Cage’s Instances of Silence (1982).

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Video Type

VideoDance

Dances
Length

6 minutes

Director

Charles Atlas and Merce Cunningham

Set

Suzanne Gallo

Producer

Isabelle Mestre - La Sept Arte, INA, B.B.C., Thirteen/WNET, NPS

COLOR/BW

Color

Music

materials recorded for Instances of Silence, John Cage

Dancers

Lisa Boudreau, Cédric Andrieux, Banu Ogan, Robert Swinston, Holley Farmer, Thomas Caley, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Matthew Mohr, Jean Freebury, Cheryl Therrien, Maydelle Fason, Koji Minato, Daniel Squire