Choreography / 1970

Tread

"Tread," from 1970, is one of Cunningham’s lighter works, described by Patrick O’Connor as a “sometimes hilarious and always good-humored piece” in which “the dancers get into some extraordinarily complicated physical entanglements.” Don McDonagh described a rehearsal as follows: “it begins quietly, with the company seated, and then works up to a humorous set of catches, lifts, and fast exits and entrances which resemble a French bedroom farce. At the finish, the work returns to its original, tranquil state.” Jasper Johns invited Bruce Nauman to design the décor for "Tread," which consists of ten large industrial fans aligned in a row across the front of the stage, alternately stationary and turning from side to side, and blowing out into the audience. Cunningham designed the costumes, and the music is by Christian Wolff.

Details

Premiere Date

Jan 05, 1970

Premiere Venue

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Premiere Location

Brooklyn, NY

Music

Christian Wolff, For 1, 2, or 3 People

Set

Bruce Nauman

Costumes

Merce Cunningham

Lighting

Richard Nelson

Duration

20 minutes

Original Cast

Carolyn Brown

Merce Cunningham

Douglas Dunn

Meg Harper

Susana Hayman-Chaffey

Sandra Neels

Chase Robinson

Valda Setterfield

Jeff Slayton

Mel Wong

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