Choreography / 1985

Arcade

“Arcade” was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Ballet through the National Choreography Project. Cunningham choreographed the dance on his own company, and then Chris Komar taught it to the Pennsylvania Ballet. Cunningham made the work with the ballet dancers in mind, the rhythms, for example, being more defined than usual: “I counted out the phrases in a way I don’t often do.” The world premiere was given by the Pennsylvania Ballet on September 11, 1985 in Philadelphia. The Cunningham company first performed the dance two months later, also in Philadelphia.

Details

Premiere Date

Nov 14, 1985

Premiere Venue

Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania

Premiere Location

Philadelphia, PA

Music

John Cage, Etudes Boreales I-IV

Set

Dove Bradshaw

Costumes

Dove Bradshaw

Duration

23 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Neil Greenberg

Catherine Kerr

Patricia Lent

Susan Quinn

Karen Radford

Rob Remley

Kristy Santimyer

Kevin Schroder

Robert Swinston

Megan Walker

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