Choreography / 1987

Points in Space

Originally a videodance, a co-production with the British Broadcasting Corporation, shot in its studios in London in May 1986, in two parts: the dance itself and a documentary about its creation. The title comes from a favorite quotation of Cunningham’s, Albert Einstein’s statement, “there are no fixed points in space.” Cunningham appeared in the video, but he eliminated his role in the stage version. The piece was in seven parts, whose tempo alternated between fast and slow. In Cage’s music (Voiceless Essay), consonants in words from some of his writings were recorded, synthesized, and analyzed by computer. For the video, Anastasi made a panoramic backcloth in three sections, one of which was used in the stage version. Bradshaw’s costumes were leotards and tights with a tachiste design.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 10, 1987

Premiere Venue

City Center Theater

Premiere Location

New York, NY

Music

John Cage, Voiceless Essay

Set

William Anastasi

Costumes

Dove Bradshaw

Lighting

Dove Bradshaw

Duration

26 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Catherine Kerr

Chris Komar

David Kulick

Patricia Lent

Susan Quinn

Karen Radford

Rob Remley

Kristy Santimyer

Robert Swinston

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