March 29, 2012
Celebrating Cunningham and Cage
: 2010 Cunningham minEvent Gallery Performance. Dancer: Autumn Oftedal. Musician: Jeff Hinkle. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis.
Merce Cunningham and John Cage were honored this past week at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Four Walls/Doubletoss Interludes. It was as a student at the Cornish School from 1937 to 1939 that Cunningham met his lifelong collaborator and partner John Cage, and they began their groundbreaking interdisciplinary experiments.
From Alastair MacCauley’s New York Times review: “This week the Baryshnikov Arts Center has presented a series of performances dedicated to Cage and Cunningham that is in every sense historic. “Four Walls/Doubletoss Interludes” offers the Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov, who long ago introduced a number of Cage compositions to Russian audiences; he plays Cage’s 55-minute score for “Four Walls” (1944). This work was an experimental dance-drama for which Cunningham, then 25 and still dancing with Martha Graham, not only made the choreography (largely now lost) but also wrote an extensive text. The music is now accompanied by the 1993 choreography of “Doubletoss,” the first completely new work that Cunningham made after Cage’s death. It’s been restaged by Robert Swinston, without its original score by Takehisa Kosugi, “Transfigurations.” ” Read the rest of the review here.
View more photos from our 2010 Cunningham minEvent Gallery Performance here.
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Above: 2010 Cunningham minEvent Gallery Performance. Dancer: Autumn Oftedal. Musician: Jeff Hinkle. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis
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