“Loops” was described by Cunningham as “an Event for soloist.” It consisted of multiple short sections with names such as “Shuffle,” “Slide,” “Hip,” “Extend,” and “Hands.” A different selection and sequence of sections could be done for each performance. The solo was first performed at the Museum of Modern Art, in front of Jasper Johns’ painting “Map (Based on Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Air Ocean World).” Gordon Mumma’s music, “Loops: Biophysical and Ambient Signals from FM Telemetry,” involved wiring Cunningham so that his breathing and heartbeat were audible in performance. The dance was subsequently performed at the Whitney Museum under the title “Loops and Additions,” on repertory programs in combination with “Changing Steps” (“Changing Steps/Loops” and “Changing Steps et cetera”), and in Event performances.
Choreography / 1971
Cage, Tudor, Mumma