Choreography / 1991


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.


Premiere Date

Sep 10, 1991

Premiere Venue

Théâtre de la Ville

Premiere Location

Paris, France


Michael Pugliese, Mixed Signals


Carl Kielblock


Carl Kielblock


Carl Kielblock


30 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Kimberly Bartosik

Michael Cole

Merce Cunningham

Emma Diamond

Victoria Finlayson

Frédéric Gafner (Foofwa d'Imobilité)

Alan Good

Chris Komar

David Kulick

Patricia Lent

Larissa McGoldrick

Randall Sanderson

Robert Swinston

Carol Teitelbaum

Jenifer Weaver

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