A piece for the full company, at that time numbering sixteen including Cunningham, one of the last repertory pieces in which he danced. Cunningham wrote: “This dance, as it moves through time, is in a field, where the life may be wild and tame. The space for the dance was divided into thirteen separate sections, or ‘territories,’ in any of which loosestrife might be found.” (Otherwise, the name of the plant had nothing to do with the dance.) His role was longer than usual: as before, he seemed to be controlling the younger dancers, demonstrating movements that they then repeated with greater physicality. Michael Pugliese’s music, Mixed Signals, featured 32 marimbula tones channeled among eight to sixteen loudspeakers. Carl Kielblock’s costumes were hand-painted, starting with a gray background to which black, white, red, green, and yellow were added. Loosestrife was dedicated to the memory of Michel Guy, Cunningham’s great advocate in France.
Choreography / 1991
Cage, Tudor, Lancaster