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Merce Cunningham Minevent Project Site-Specific Performances

February 04, 2011

This year Cornish College of the Arts celebrates one of the creative giants of the Twentieth Century, Cornish alumnus Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009). The Merce Cunningham minEvent Project spans the 2010 – 2011 academic year and includes community events and campus-wide collaborations: performances, a multidisciplinary art exhibition, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, open rehearsals, workshops for youth choreographers, and community outreach activities in partnership with local public schools and cultural institutions. The minEvent Project commemorates Cunningham’s artistic legacy, honoring his creative partnership with composer John Cage, and their association with Cornish and the Northwest.

At the center of this celebration, Cornish Dance Theater stages a Cunningham minEvent: a dance presenting an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts from Cunningham masterworks. The Cornish minEvent includes excerpts from Cunningham’s Roaratorio (1983), Fabrications (1987), and Enter (1993). This Fall, Cornish Dance Theater performed the Cunningham minEvent to music by John Cage, performed live by the Cornish Music Department’s Indeterminacy Ensemble directed by Music faculty Jarrad Powell. 

This Spring, site-specific versions of the Cunningham minEvent appear around Seattle including the historic Paramount Theater, Seattle Art Museum, and ACT: A Contemporary Theatre.

Merce Cunningham minEvent Project Site-Specific Performances

Cornish Dance Theater performs a Merce Cunningham minEvent staged and constructed specifically for each site by former Cunningham dancer, Patricia Lent. Each minEvent is a unique sequence of excerpts from the Cunningham dances Roaratorio (1983), Fabrications (1987) and Enter (1992).  What is a minEvent? Visit www.cornish.edu/merce to learn more.
 
ACT, A Contemporary Theatre 
Friday, February 4 & Saturday, February 5, 6:30 & 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public
 
Historic Paramount Theatre
Saturday, February 5, 10 am
Free and open to the public

Interface Panel: Klein, Cage & Cunningham
Friday, March 4, 12:15 pm

An interdisciplinary conversation looking at the legacies of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Yves Klein with Seattle artists Catherine Cabeen, Tonya Lockyer and Jarrad Powell. Presented by the Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department and Interface Series. (Interface is an event series designed to encourage and celebrate collaborative and cross-disciplinary artistic projects and foster departmental interactions).

Cornish Main Gallery
Free and open to the public

Merce Cunningham minEvent Project Site-Specific Performances
Thursday April 7, & Thursday April 21, 6 & 7 pm

Cornish Dance Theater performs a Merce Cunningham minEvent staged and constructed specifically for each site by former Cunningham dancer, Patricia Lent. Each minEvent is a unique sequence of excerpts from the Cunningham dances Roaratorio (1983), Fabrications (1987) and Enter (1992). What’s a minEvent?  cornish.edu/merce

Seattle Art Museum 
Free with museum admission

TICKETS

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit http://www.cornish.edu/events or call 206.726.5011. 

Teen Tix: $5 Tickets for Teens Age 13-19. 
For more information or to become a member, visit www.seattlecenter.com/teentix

For additional information or to request images, please contact Karen Bystrom or Lindsay Walter (see information above) or visit www.cornish.edu

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts, founded by Nellie Cornish in 1914, provides aspiring artists with the educational opportunities to become professionals in their fields.  The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, and a Bachelor of Music degree.  It is one of three private colleges in the United States focusing on both the performing and visual arts, and the only college of its kind in the Northwest. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.