Merce Cunningham: Touchbase

by Lorna Sanders

Publisher: Rambert Dance Company in [London]

Written in English
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Statementcompiled and written by Lorna Sanders for Rambert Education Unit.
ContributionsRambert Dance Company. Education Unit.
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Open LibraryOL19671070M

  When Merce Cunningham died, in , Mitchell and Riener were star dancers in his company, and at the Joyce, even a decade later, they were able . In he retired as Artistic Advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, but returned in to design "Five Stone Wind",in Berlin, Avignon and New York, for which he received a Bessie Award New York Dance and Performance Awards, and in to design "Neighbors", in "Touchbase" for Rambert Dance Company and the Cunningham. One of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham is known for introducing chance to dance. Far too often, however, accounts of Cunningham’s work have neglected its full scope, focusing on his collaborations with the visionary composer John Cage or insisting that randomness was the singular goal of his choreography.   Assembled by Laura Kuhn, the director of the John Cage Trust and a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, the book is an intimate look inside the .

Merce Cunningham () was a dancer, choreographer, and founder of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He was born in Centralia, Washington and began his professional modern dance career at dancing as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company for six years. "Merce Cunningham:After the Arbitrary is a rigorously argued, extremely persuasive, and highly topical book. While Cunningham’s work is famous for being almost tortuously difficult, Noland successfully reads it through the arbitrary and the human, the abstract and the . As Artistic Director of Rambert, he commissioned work from Merce Cunningham (Touchbase, ); Lucinda Childs (Four Elements, , designed by the painter Jennifer Bartlett); and David Gordon (Mates, ). In the repertoire also were Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, Merce Cunningham’s Septet and Doubles, and Frederick Ashton’s Capriol Suite.   The surprise of the Cunningham book is the grace with which it almost definitively sums up Mr. Cunningham's year life in dance "Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years" is a compelling portrait of a simple yet comple "The book on Mr. Cunningham aims at, and is, as complete and clear a portrait of the modern dance choreographer and his epochal work /5(1).

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which since has fundamentally altered some of the most basic precepts of dance, such as the notion that movement should reflect or comment on the music.   Merce Cunningham's mind-blowing dance Read more The film is, I think, just as Cunningham would have wanted it: cerebral, highbrow and mildly frustrating, with nothing so conventional as talking. At some point in the late ’70s, when Douglas Crimp and I were art history doctoral students at the Graduate Center, CUNY, he invited me to the ballet.

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“Touchbase” was a commission for Rambert Dance Company. Cunningham made the dance in New York, working simultaneously with three casts of seven dancers: two casts from his own company, and one cast from Rambert. As the title suggests, “Touchbase” was playful in feeling, though not referring literally to any particular game.

Merce Cunningham's second premiere of the season is a regular romp, a piece of serious choreography with sprightly trappings. In "Touchbase," as the new work is called, everyone onstage seems to. Merce Cunningham is the author of The Dancer and the Dance ( avg rating, 23 ratings, 0 reviews, published ), Art Performs Life ( avg rating, /5.

Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years incorporates images of performances and rehearsals, along with candid photographs by many important photographers, including Imogen Cunningham, Arnold Eagle, Peter Hujar, James Klosty, Annie Leibovitz, Barbara Morgan, and Max Waldman.

The book also features examples Merce Cunningham: Touchbase book Cunningham's choreographic notes, as well as scores, and set and costume designs by.

In putting the book together, Laura Kuhn, the executive director of the John Cage Trust, prioritizes chronology and a deluxe presentation, tracing the genesis of Cage and Cunningham’s relationship through thirty-nine letters reproduced on matte, heavy-stock paper and interspersed with gorgeous reproductions of the couple’s household objects, as well as reprints of Cage’s handwritten.

Scenario was the creation of Cunningham and Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo’s humorous costumes toy with the idea of physical distortions, such as humps and big rear ends. They are in mostly vertical blue stripes on white, or in pale green and white-checkered patterns.

One of Cunningham’s nature studies, Pond Way evokes the trickling affect of water, as the dancers move in wave like motions across the stage; timing the movements so that one begins just after another.

The movement was inspired by Cunningham’s childhood game of skimming stones over a pond. Cunningham began to study dance at 12 years of age. After high school he attended the Cornish School of Fine and Applied Arts in Seattle, Washington, for two years. He subsequently studied at Mills College () with dancer and choreographer Lester Horton and at Bennington College (), where he was invited by Martha Graham to join her group.

As a soloist for her company, he created many. The choreographer Merce Cunningham was undoubtedly the greatest single influence on contemporary dance both in Merce Cunningham: Touchbase book and in the US. His originality lay not only in his well-known use of chance.

The "6" likely indicates the sixth performance from the series of Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at City Center, MarchContent: Contains the music for Merce Cunningham's Touchbase (), and, Enter ().

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The long-awaited memoir from one of the most celebrated modern dancers of the past fifty years: the story of her own remarkable career, of the formative years of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and of the two brilliant, iconoclastic, and forward-thinking artists at its center—Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

From its inception in the ls until her departure in the ls, Carolyn Brown 5/5(2). As if we didn't have enough bounty in this centennial year of Merce Cunningham, another treasure has just appeared. James Klosty, the photographer who captured the most evocative moments of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at work and at play, has released an augmented version of his book, redesigned and renamed Merce Cunningham Redux.

On the occasion of Merce Cunningham’s centennial comes this handsome new edition of his classic and long-out-of-print artist’s book Changes: Notes on Choreography, first published in by Dick Higgins’ Something Else book presents a revealing exposition of Cunningham’s compositional process by way of his working notebooks, containing in-progress notations of individual Reviews: 2.

Content: Contains the music for Merce Cunningham's Touchbase (). Content: Sound quality is mostly good; there is a slight tape "hiss" throughout the recording. Numbering: Donor's inventory number: D Venue: Recording location and date are unidentified.

Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Merce Cunningham: Touchbase Lorna Sanders Not in Library. Publishing History This is a chart to show the when this publisher published books.

Along the X axis is time, and on the y axis is the count of editions published. Click here to. Merce Cunningham reached the age of 75 inan age at which many creative artists are content to rest on their laurels, or at least to leave behind whatever controversies they may have caused during their careers.

No so Cunningham. In the first place, his 70s have been a time of intense creativity in which he has choreographed as many as four new works a year. Cunningham is a strongly. "Examines the trajectory of Merce The Choreographer and places him just where I think he belongs--as a global artist of the twentieth century moving in all directions into the twenty-first." -- Valda Setterfield, Member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, "Copeland's book will bring joy to Cunningham partisans."Reviews: 4.

Click to read more about Merce Cunningham by James Klosty. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers5/5. Merce Cunningham gathers together the most important writings by and about the choreographer, including three classic essays by Cunningham, as well as articles and reviews by Cage; dancers Remy Charlip, Violet Farber, and Carolyn Brown; company archivist David Vaughan; and leading critics Arlene Croce, Jack Anderson, Marcia Siegel, and Edwin Format: Paperback.

In Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary, Carrie Noland traces the pose to the Odious Warrior figure of classical Hindu drama, one of Cunningham’s unacknowledged sources. ↩ 2. Hilarie M. Sheets, “Long-Lost Merce Cunningham Work Is Reconstructed in Boston,” The New York Times, J   Ellen Jacobs has worked for Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill T.

Jones and Trisha Brown, among others. Advertisement Continue reading the main story. Merce Cunningham has 12 books on Goodreads with ratings. Merce Cunningham’s most popular book is The Dancer and the Dance: Merce Cunningham in conver. Originally published inthis new edition, coinciding with the th anniversary of Cunningham’s birth, includes additional pages of primarily black-and-white photographs.

Several capture Cunningham rehearsing in a dilapidated Manhattan studio and performing at such venues as the Belgrade Museum and Ghirardelli Square in San : James Klosty.

James Klosty’s Merce Cunningham was the first book ever published about Cunningham. It appeared in and was republished in Now, for the th anniversary of Cunningham’s birth, it is reincarnated for a twenty-first-century audience in duotone printing, redesigned and completely reimagined with an additional pages of photographs, many published never before.

In this Cunningham centennial year, appreciations of his life and art have rolled out on a grand, global scale. Opportunities abound to see his mind-expanding, still-radical work, and to reflect.

(C)elebrates the past fifty years of Cunnigham's career, from his role as principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, to the formation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Black Mountain College in - from his use of 'chance operations," to his present, innovative work with the computer program, LifeForms.".

Merce Cunningham is an observer with a grand sense of humor who marvels at and revels in nature with the same childlike vision, openness, and attention to detail that infuse his dances. Using ink and colored pencils on paper, Cunningham creates a fantastical wonderland for the unexpected, exotic, and peculiar to roam free, coexist, and inspire Reviews: 3.

Merce Cunningham grew up in Centrailia, Washington, and began dancing at age After moving to New York City, he spent six years performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He remained with Graham until he started his own troupe, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, in   The radical choreographer Merce Cunningham was a subtracting god too, excising emotionalism and deleting the “front and center” orientation that governed all previous stage work.

Twist, Bend, Reach, Step: A Merce Cunningham Solo Anyone Can Try Though Cunningham is known for his tricky coordinations, the solo “50 Looks” is ."The name Merce Cunningham has become synonymous with the best in modern dance: invention, energy and the breaking of barriers.

From his debut in the Martha Graham Dance Troupe in the thirties to founding his own company, throughout his life Cunningham worked towards establishing the purity of dance and its relationship with movement, colour, light and sound.The "12" likely indicates the twelfth performance from the series of Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at City Center, MarchContent: Contains the music for Merce Cunningham's Channels/Inserts (), Touchbase (), and, Change of address ().