Choreography / 1973

Un jour ou deux

In 1973 the Paris Festival d’Automne and the Paris International Dance Festival commissioned a new work from Merce Cunningham, to be performed by 26 dancers of the Ballet of the Paris Opera, including three etoiles, Wilfride Piollet, Michael Denard, and Jean Guizerix. One of his epic works, the dance consisted, Cunningham wrote, “of a number of separate dance events—solos, duets, trios, quintets, and larger groups.” As in works for his own company, the dance and the music ("Etcetera", an orchestral work by John Cage) were independent of each other. Johns’s décor opened up the stage all the way to the back wall, seen dimly through two scrims, one behind the other. Both the scrims and the costumes shaded from dark to light gray. John’s designs were realized under the supervision of Mark Lancaster, who subsequently was named Artistic Advisor to MCDC. "Un jour ou deux" was first performed in November 1973 in the Paris Opera/Palais Garnier.

Details

Premiere Date

Nov 06, 1973

Premiere Venue

Palais Garnier, Opera National de Paris

Premiere Location

Paris, France

Music

John Cage, Etcetera

Set

Jasper Johns

Lighting

Mark Lancaster

Duration

90 minutes

Original Cast

Explore the Dance Capsule

Explore More

Other Choreography

Title
Duration
Year
Collaborator(s)
Canfield
Duration: 20 - 75 minutes
Year: 1969
Collab.: Oliveros, Morris, Johns, Nelson
Tread
Duration: 20 minutes
Year: 1970
Collab.: Wolff, Nauman, Nelson
Second Hand
Duration: 30 minutes
Year: 1970
Collab.: Cage, Johns, Nelson
Signals
Duration: 20 minutes
Year: 1970
Collab.: Cage, Mumma
Objects
Duration: 32 minutes
Year: 1970
Collab.: Lucier, Jenney
Loops
Duration: 7 minutes
Year: 1971
Collab.: Mumma, Nelson
Landrover
Duration: 50 minutes
Year: 1972
Collab.: Cage, Tudor, Mumma, Johns
TV Rerun
Duration: 27 minutes
Year: 1972
Collab.: Mumma, Johns, Nelson