Choreography / 1989

Field and Figures

“Field and Figures” had a more evident structure than many Cunningham dances. The cast of fourteen dancers was divided into four groups of three or four dancers. Each group was associated with one of the four elements: earth, water, fire and air. Each group had its own set of phrases, approximately sixteen phrases each out of a gamut of 64. The dance was structured such that each group appeared one time alone, and one time paired with each of the other groups. In addition to the four elements, Cunningham’s choreographic notes refer to two forces: gravity, associated with earth and water; and levity associated with fire and air.


Premiere Date

Feb 17, 1989

Premiere Venue

Northrop Auditorium

Premiere Location

Minneapolis, MN


Ivan Tcherepnin, The Creative Act--Electronically Varied Heterothonies on a Text by Marcel Duchamp


Andrew Ginzel

Kristin Jones


Kristin Jones

Andrew Ginzel


29 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Kimberly Bartosik

Emma Diamond

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Chris Komar

David Kulick

Patricia Lent

Larissa McGoldrick

Dennis O'Connor

Kristy Santimyer

Robert Swinston

Carol Teitelbaum

Robert Wood

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