Choreography / 1984

Pictures

One of the most striking elements of Mark Lancaster’s décor was the lighting, which shown against the backcloth, capturing the dancer’s movements like photographic images taken by a still camera. Cunningham’s choreography for Pictures frequently isolated small groups of dancers, in intricate, linked poses, as in when the last flash of light hit the stage, and Cunningham lifted the motionless body of Patricia Lent, then the newest member of the company, and held her horizontally, as if it were the last image in a photo album. Lancaster’s costumes were gray or black leotards and blue sweatpants. The musical score by David Behrman was performed by Takehisa Kosugi.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 06, 1984

Premiere Venue

City Center Theater

Premiere Location

New York, NY

Music

David Behrman, Interspecies Smalltalk

Set

Mark Lancaster

Costumes

Mark Lancaster

Lighting

Mark Lancaster

Duration

29 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Louise Burns

Merce Cunningham

Lise Friedman

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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