Choreography / 1985

Native Green

When choreographing the movement for Native Green, Cunningham said that he divided the body into four parts: legs, torso, arms, and head. Each part of the body moves in sequential order, transforming the dancers into lanky, bird-like creatures. This playful nature study ends as the dancers pick up a plastic tube that had previously lain at the back of the stage, and cling to it as if they are perched on a tree branch. Cunningham wanted the tube to be so flexible and limber that it appeared to be alive. The set and costume designs were by William Anastasi, who drew directly on the backcloth and the dancer’s leotards in India ink with a fine-point pen. John King composed the music entitled, Gliss in Sighs.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 12, 1985

Premiere Venue

City Center Theater

Premiere Location

New York, NY

Music

John King, gliss in sighs

Set

William Anastasi

Costumes

William Anastasi

Lighting

William Anastasi

Duration

16 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Alan Good

Chris Komar

Patricia Lent

Robert Swinston

Megan Walker

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