Choreography / 1984

Phrases

The title for this dance as Cunningham explained, “is actually quite descriptive – the piece is made up of 64 phrases.” The sequence and organization of the phrases were determined by chance. Although not made for the camera, Cunningham said that he “worked on it as though using the camera.” The dance was divided into four sections delineated in his notes as “seen in huge confusion,” “seen in segments,” “seen in detail” and “seen in huge non-confusion.”

Details

Premiere Date

Dec 07, 1984

Premiere Venue

Théâtre Municipal d'Angers

Premiere Location

Angers, France

Music

David Tudor, Fragments

Set

William Anastasi

Costumes

Dove Bradshaw

Duration

31 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Louise Burns

Merce Cunningham

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Neil Greenberg

Catherine Kerr

Chris Komar

Joseph Lennon

Patricia Lent

Susan Quinn

Karen Radford

Rob Remley

Robert Swinston

Megan Walker

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