Media / 2008

Summerspace

This piece is indicative of Cunningham’s unique collaborative method, in which Feldman composed the score, Rauschenberg designed the décor, and Cunningham choreographed independently from each other. Together, the movement, music and décor give the effect of a balmy, summer day. Dressed in painted leotards, the dancers move about the stage in sudden bursts of speed and suspensions, zigzagging every which way, like flying creatures. The delicate music, at times sounds like bubbles of water rising to the surface, and at others, with a muffled rumble in the bass, like distant thunder.

Details

Video Type

Performance

Dances

Summerspace

Length

21 minutes

Director

Charles Atlas

Set

Robert Rauschenberg

Producer

COLOR/BW

Color

Music

Ixion, Morton Feldman

Musicians

John Cage, David Tudor

Dancers

Jonah Bokaer, Ashley Chen, Holley Farmer, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Cheryl Therrien