Choreography / 1969

Canfield

The dance’s title refers to a game of solitaire that Cunningham played while on vacation. Using chance process to determine the sequence of movements, Cunningham assigned a word indicating a particular motion to each card in the deck, with red and black suits denoting fast and slow movements respectively. Pauline Oliveros composed the score, and Robert Morris designed the set, which featured a gray vertical beam, moving back and forth across the front of the stage. A light at the back of the beam shone on to the backcloth, intensifying the illumination when a dancer moved past.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 04, 1969

Premiere Venue

Nazareth College

Premiere Location

Rochester, NY

Music

Pauline Oliveros, In Memoriam: NIKOLA TESLA, Cosmic Engineer

Set

Robert Morris

Costumes

Jasper Johns

Lighting

Richard Nelson

Duration

20 - 75 minutes

Original Cast

Carolyn Brown

Merce Cunningham

Meg Harper

Susana Hayman-Chaffey

Sandra Neels

Chase Robinson

Valda Setterfield

Jeff Slayton

Mel Wong

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