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Merce Cunningham

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Title
Merce Cunningham
Names
Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)
Brown, Trisha, 1936- (Interviewer)
Barrera, Juan
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Sathya Production Services (Firm)
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Dance Collection
Collection

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: c2003
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3635
Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-6655 (former)
Topics
Cunningham, Merce
Cornish, Nellie Centennial, 1876-1956
Swinston, Robert
Farmer, Holley
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008
Cage, John
Suite for five (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Loose time (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Beach birds (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Summerspace (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Interscape (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Quartet (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Choreographers -- United States
Genres
two-dimensional moving image
Dance
Interviews
video
Notes
Statement of responsibility: interviewed by Trisha Brown ; presented by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
Recording made possible by the cooperation of Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, the Hilton Hotel, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image, Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Creation/production credits: Presented as part of the 46th Annual Members Conference Artists' Voices Series; co-chairs Janet Cowperthwaite and Lawrence Simpson.
Venue: Videotaped at the Hilton Hotel, New York, N.Y., on January 11, 2003; video documentation, Sathya Production Services; videography, Juan Barrera.
Funding: This recording is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Forms part of the Merce Cunningham archive.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 streaming video file (58 min.) : sd., col.
Description
Speaking before an audience composed of members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, choreographers Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown discuss: their shared background in the Pacific Northwest; Cunningham's memories of his teacher Nellie Cornish; aspects of his choreographic process, including a description of his method by Cunningham dancer Robert Swinston, his use of chance procedures and the computer, the absence of story elements in his work, his use of space, and aerial work; their shared interest in drawing, and his perceptions of the relationship of drawing and theater work. Answering questions from the audience, Cunningham discusses how he and John Cage developed a new relationship between music and dance; his preference in titles for dance works; how different dancers transform the same choreography. Works cited as examples during the interview include: Suite for five; Holley Farmer's solo in Loose time; Beach birds; Summerspace, and its design by Robert Rauschenberg; Interscape; Quartet.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY03-F37
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15579662
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 36e51cb0-4b49-0133-6994-60f81dd2b63c
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Merce Cunningham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. c2003. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/38aebec0-4b49-0133-f266-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Merce Cunningham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 23, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/38aebec0-4b49-0133-f266-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (c2003). Merce Cunningham Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/38aebec0-4b49-0133-f266-60f81dd2b63c

Wikipedia Citation

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Merce Cunningham