Choreography / 1990

Polarity

Cunningham had been intrigued by the fact that the dictionary definition of “polarity” refers not only to the separation of two poles but also to their attraction. “Polarity,” a work for seven dancers, was in part a response to this. The dance had two distinct types of movement: one done in place involving isolated articulation of different body parts, the other more active and traveling through the space. David Tudor’s music, “Virtual Focus,” depended on the interaction among strips of metallic material on the dancers’ costumes, metal screens behind the backdrop, and radar and ultrasonic frequencies controlled by the composer. The backdrop, designed by William Anastasi, consisted of two enlarged drawings by Cunningham.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 20, 1990

Premiere Venue

City Center Theater

Premiere Location

New York, NY

Music

David Tudor, Virtual Focus

Set

William Anastasi

Costumes

William Anastasi

Lighting

Carl Kielblock

Duration

26 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Chris Komar

Patricia Lent

Robert Swinston

Carol Teitelbaum

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