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An Introduction to Merce Cunningham

Session that introduces main characteristics of Cunningham's style.

Tina Carter

on 5 January 2012

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Transcript of An Introduction to Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham
(1919 – 2009) What do you already know about Merce Cunningham?
The technique and style of Merce Cunningham Use of the spine: tilting, tipping, curving, arching, twisting Difficult co-ordination of arms, legs and head in relation to placing of torso
Control and clarity of shape seen in ballet technique
No front – all directions hold the same significance and interest
Music, dance and design – equal status and created independently
Performances evolve as parts are improvised
‘He was not anti-ballet, but somehow beyond ballet’ Cunningham’s work is
characterised by the belief
that dance should not
have to carry messages,
meanings or tell a story.
Watch 'Points in Space' (1986)
List key words for RADS used
Identify two significant moments from the extract
Write a short but detailed analytical paragraph on one moment
Describe what happens and what effect it creates
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