Merce Cunningham teaching at Westbeth. Photo by James Klosty 1971
Cunningham Technique is a rigorous form of training designed to create strength and flexibility of both the body and the mind.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Points in Space. Photo by Lois Greenfield 1987.
Torso and Legwork
Cunningham Technique develops clarity, strength and flexibility in both the spine and legwork. The torso and legs are used either in coordination or opposition to one another.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company in CRWDSPCR. Photo by Nan Melville 1993
Spatial Awareness is gained by implementing multiple changes of direction within a single phrase where any point in the space can be the dancer's front. In more advanced work, various parts of the body move simultaneously in multiple directions.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Roaratorio. Photo by Julieta Cervantes 2011
A variety of meter and tempo are given throughout the class to build a foundation for rhythmic precision and dynamic movement.