Merce Cunningham Across Media

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Merce Cunningham Across Media
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Join us for four days of events that explore the range of Merce Cunningham’s legacy across the arts. Sessions include a dialogue with former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers, a lecture-demonstration with composers, a screening and discussion of avant-garde films, and a focused look at Cunningham’s collaborations with three visual artists. Programs are free and open to the public.

Living Dance Dialogue
Wednesday April 5, 7 pm, Walker Cinema
Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Patricia Lent, Silas Riener, and Andrea Weber share their experiences as members of Cunningham’s company. Moderated by Bonnie Brooks, associate professor of dance at Columbia College, Chicago.

Composed: Exploring Events
Thursday April 6, 6:30 pm, Garden Terrace Room
At this evening celebrating the musical impact of John Cage and his collaboration with Merce Cunningham, composers John Keston and Cody McKinney demonstrate and talk about the unique musical structure used to create sound for performances of Walker Cunningham Events. For this short lecture/demonstration, the composers will be joined by program curator Michelle Kinney and University of Minnesota musicologist Michael Gallope. A cash bar will be available.

The Body and Expanded Cinema
Friday April 7, 7:30 pm, Walker Cinema
Delve deeply into the world of expanded cinema and dance for camera with a screening of avant-garde films related to Merce Cunningham’s work with technology, including the premiere of rare works by Stan VanDerBeek. A conversation follows between Gloria Sutton, professor of art history and media studies at Northeastern University, and John Kim, professor of media and cultural studies at Macalester College.

Creating in Common Time
Saturday April 8, 2 pm, Walker Cinema
Historians Juliet Bellow, Liz Kotz, and Roger Copeland present their research on Merce Cunningham’s collaborations with visual artists Isamu Noguchi, Robert Morris, and Robert Rauschenberg. Moderated by Common Time co-curator Joan Rothfuss.

About Common Time
Renowned as both choreographer and dancer, Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) revolutionized dance through his partnerships with dozens of artists who created costumes, lighting, films, music, and décor for his choreographic works. Common Time, the first major survey of Cunningham’s prolific 70-year career, focuses on these dynamic artistic collaborations, which grew out of his radical notion that the components of a dance—movement, sound, and visual art—could be created independently, coming together only during the “common time” of a performance.
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By: Walker Art Center