Choreography / 1987

Fabrications

Cunningham said that the title refers to both meanings of the verb “fabricate”: to combine parts to form a whole, and to invent or concoct, even to lie. Continually inspired by the I Ching, Cunningham’s choreography for "Fabrications" utilized a chance process based on sixty-four phrases (sixty-four being the number of hexagrams in the Chinese book of changes). Fabrications is an immensely dramatic piece, and the deep connections between the dancers can be seen throughout the performance. Brazilian composer Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta wrote the music, which was mixed in performance by David Tudor. Dove Bradshaw’s costumes were dresses for the women, and shirts and trousers for the men. Her décor did not coincide with the “period” sense of the dance--a backdrop taken from medical and mathematical diagrams. "Fabrications" was co-commissioned by the Walker Arts Center.

Details

Premiere Date

Feb 21, 1987

Premiere Venue

Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Premiere Location

Minneapolis, MN

Music

Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, Short Waves 1985 and SBbr

Set

Dove Bradshaw

Costumes

Dove Bradshaw

Lighting

Dove Bradshaw

Josh Johnson

Duration

30 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Merce Cunningham

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Catherine Kerr

Chris Komar

David Kulick

Patricia Lent

Dennis O'Connor

Susan Quinn

Karen Radford

Rob Remley

Kristy Santimyer

Robert Swinston

Carol Teitelbaum

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