Choreography / 1987

Shards

For this dance Cunningham made a gamut of short phrases that were passed from one dancer to another, according to chance procedures. There was also a great deal of stillness: one dancer would be moving while the others remained immobile. This kind of fragmentation also appeared to reflect Cunningham’s thinking about the nature of society: “Society is split into so many directions.” The piece indeed had a somber, tragic feeling. The sound source of David Tudor’s score (Webwork) was sea-sounds recorded under water, subsequently fragmented and electronically transformed. William Anastasi designed an abstract backcloth and dressed the dancers in sweatpants over leotards, in greenish gray.

Details

Premiere Date

Mar 04, 1987

Premiere Venue

City Center Theater

Premiere Location

New York, NY

Music

David Tudor, Webwork

Set

William Anastasi

Costumes

William Anastasi

Lighting

Dove Bradshaw

Duration

30 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Victoria Finlayson

Alan Good

Catherine Kerr

David Kulick

Patricia Lent

Susan Quinn

Rob Remley

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