MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY I THE LEGACY TOUR
danseurs Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Emma Desjardins, Jennifer Goggans, John Hinrichs, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Krista Nelson, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Robert Swinston, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber
THE FINAL TOUR
Just before the end of the Legacy Tour in December 2011 in New York planned by Merce Cunningham before he died, the Théâtre de la Ville and the Festival d’Automne in Paris host two programmes gathering six particularly emblematic pieces ; they are beacons along an extraordinary artistic route which, over fifty years, opened and cleared major and highly fruitful prospects for the choreographic art. Introducing the first programme, Suite for Five (1956-1958) displays the offhandedness of the beginnings just after Merce Cunningham and John Cage had plotted, at Black Mountain College, the first happening in the history of ballet. On David Tudor’s electronic music Quartet (a1982 piece, never revived) glorifies Cunninghams’s most acute sense of forms in a mirror choreography which relies on the brisk interdependence of the bodies’ presence. Cage’s music along with Robert Rauschenberg’s sets and costumes (this was to be his last collaboration) join forces for XOVER (2007, presented for the first time in Paris). There no hint in this staggeringly vivacious piece that its creator is a young choreographer 88 years of age!
A DAY WITH MERCE: SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER (NOT INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKETS)
THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE : SPEND A WHOLE DAY IN ALL THE AVAILABLE SPACES OF THE HOUSE
It willl be possible to take part in workshops to watch videos and archive documents, attend one of the company’s classes.
Children will not be left out. The “Family Day” which will be devoted to them and their families is a practice and discovery workshop for youngsters aged 6 +.
The day will end up in the main amphitheatre at 20:30 with Ocean, a film by Charles
Atlas, on one of Merce Cunnigham’s masterpieces. (A joint production of the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, the Cinémathèque de la Danse and the Festival d’Automne in Paris).
The complete progamme will be available in the Fall.