Choreography / 1968

Walkaround Time

The title for "Walkaround Time" came from Cunningham’s fascination with computers and technology. When asked about his inspiration for the piece he said, “You feed the computer information, then you have to wait while it digests. There’s some argument as to whether the computer is walking around or those who are waiting.” The decor for "Walkaround Time" was created by Jasper Johns after the Marcel Duchamp work, "The Large Glass." The piece was divided into seven sections, and explored ideas of perception when the spectator looks not only at an object but through it, to see another viewer on the other side. David Behrman composed the music, and Jasper Johns designed the costumes.


Premiere Date

Mar 10, 1968

Premiere Venue

Buffalo State College, State University of New York

Premiere Location

Buffalo, NY


David Behrman, ...for nearly an hour...


Jasper Johns after Marcel Duchamp


Jasper Johns


50 minutes

Original Cast

Carolyn Brown

Merce Cunningham

Meg Harper

Barbara Lloyd

Sandra Neels

Albert Reid

Valda Setterfield

Jeff Slayton

Gus Solomons jr

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