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 Legacy Tour’s first programme (see above ) is truly exceptional, but we will be equally regaled with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s second programme. We are right in the middle of a pastoral frolic with RainForest (1968), immortalized by Andy Warhol’s silver and helium pillows; for the choreographer they evoked a landscape of tropical forest. The piece was presented twenty years later at the Avignon Festival and at the Théâtre de la Ville. Duets (1980), accompanied by John Cage’s jostling pieces for percussions, brilliantly reveals Cunningham’s acute understanding of the specificity of the duo, the cornerstone of choreographic writing. Finally BIPED (1999) crowns the last chapter opened by the choreographer as he started using computer programmes to help him imagine in the real space of the stage figures articulated, combines and placed in space in the most unforeseen ways. The piece reflects a whole life’s work unceasingly tending towards infinity.
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.