Choreography / 1989

Cargo X

Cargo X was the first of three dances co-commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin. It was a work for seven dancers, with two alternating casts. When asked about the title, Cunningham told an interviewer, “It’s made up. It can mean anything. Cargo means something going around and moving around, although it doesn’t have anything to do with the dance. And I thought that if I added an X that would confuse it all even further.” The main decorative element was a ladder, which Cunningham had acquired from a theater in Toulon a few months prior to the premiere. The ladder was moved about by the dancers during the piece.


Premiere Date

Jan 27, 1989

Premiere Venue

University of Texas, Austin

Premiere Location

Austin, TX


Takehisa Kosugi, Spectra


Dove Bradshaw


20 minutes

Original Cast

Kimberly Bartosik

Emma Diamond

David Kulick

Larissa McGoldrick

Dennis O'Connor

Kristy Santimyer

Robert Wood

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