Merce Cunningham: Common Time Opening Celebration

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Merce Cunningham: Common Time Opening Celebration
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Join us for a two-day event celebrating the opening of the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time, a major interdisciplinary survey organized by the Walker, home to the complete scenic and costume archive of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC).

Highlights include Event performances by former Cunningham dancers and the world premiere of choreographer Maria Hassabi’s STAGING. Enjoy free gallery admission each night from 4 to 9 pm. Cash bars available both evenings.


Walker Stage: Maria Hassabi, Wed–Thu, Feb 8–9 11 am–9 pm
Occupying a space between live performance and visual art, choreographer Maria Hassabi’s work explores stillness and sustained motion. Magnetic performances of looped, long-form choreography will be presented by eight dancers directed by the artist. Visitors encounter STAGING (2017), which runs 6 hours per day (10 hours on Thursdays), in the Walker’s Cargill Lounge and Common Time exhibition galleries throughout the day.

Walker Cunningham Events, Wed–Thu, 5:30 and 8 pm
The Perlman Gallery comes alive with movement and sound as Dylan Crossman, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood—dancers from the final Merce Cunningham Dance Company—perform excerpts from his unique choreographic form made for non-theater spaces that he called “Events.”

Talking Dance: Suzanne Weil with Philip Bither
Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 pm
Hear stories about the Walker’s long-standing history with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and their many collaborators.

Free Film: Charles Atlas’s Ocean
Thursday, February 9, 6 pm
The Bentson Mediatheque presents a screening of Ocean (2011), which captures Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s landmark performance in a Minnesota granite quarry.

Free Gallery Admission
Wednesday and Thursday, 4–9 pm

About Merce Cunningham: Common Time
This extensive interdisciplinary survey features live dance and music in the theater and galleries, including stagings of Merce Cunningham’s choreography by dancers from the final company and new dance commissions in his spirit. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company scenic and costume archive forms the backbone of the Walker-organized exhibition exploring the lasting impact of one of America’s most important figures in contemporary art (on view February 8–September 10, 2017).
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By: Walker Art Center