Choreography / 1970


Signals was titled after Cunningham’s choreography for the piece, which consisted of various cues from dancer to dancer, indicating the next series of movements. Chairs were used as stage props, with several of the movements determined by the direction a particular chair was facing. The types of cues varied by performance, resulting in each show having its own, unique order. David Tudor, Gordon Mumma and John Cage composed the music, which changed every performance. The constantly changing score was reflected in the original title, First Week of June, with the music for the second performance titled Second Week of June and so on. There was no set, and Cunningham designed the costumes– sweat suits bound with tape to give the figure more definition.


Premiere Date

Jun 05, 1970

Premiere Venue

Théâtre de France

Premiere Location

Paris, France


John Cage David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, First Week of June


Merce Cunningham


20 minutes

Original Cast

Louise Burns

Merce Cunningham

Douglas Dunn

Susana Hayman-Chaffey

Valda Setterfield

Mel Wong

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