Merce Cunningham's "movies" narration
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Speaker)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2000 - 2009 (Questionable)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LDC-A 412
TopicsAtlas, CharlesJohns, Jasper, 1930-Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008Vaughan, David, 1924-Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyEvent (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Jour ou deux (Choreographic work : Cunningham, M)Loose time (Choreographic work : Cunningham)RainForest (Choreographic work : Cunningham)ChoreographyCity soundsDance and technologyDance -- Stage-setting and scenery
GenresField recordingsInterviewsOral histories
NotesContent: Title provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original audio disc and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original compact disc: "Merce Cunningham Movies Audio CD ; 1. Melange ; 2. Dances ; 3. Dances ; 4. Art for Merce".Reproduction: Dubbed to audio disc in an unidentified location.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudio discExtent: 1 audio disc (25 min.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.Sound quality is mostly good; there are occasional electronic blips.
Description1. Melange, ca. 0:00-6:19: Sound recording of footsteps and city streets; 2. Dances, ca. 7:37-12:40: Merce Cunningham speaks about the early tours of his Merce Cunningham Dance Company throughout the United States in a Volkswagen Bus from 1954-1964; his use of chance operations in his choreography; he quotes Carolyn Brown speaking about the Volkswagen Bus tours; 3. Dances, ca. 12:53-17:16: Merce Cunningham speaks about the first European tours of his Company in the mid-1960's; he explains his purposes for creating Event performances and lists the first locations of these; his collaborators, including briefly the Company archivist, David Vaughan, and filmmaker Charles Atlas; his appreciation of dance and his dancers; his use of the LifeForms computer program and motion capture in his choreography; 4. Art for Merce, ca. 17:35-24:46: Merce Cunningham speaks about collaborating with visual artists; an anecdote on his first collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg for Minutiae (1954); an anecdote on Terry Winters' decor for Loose time (2002); a brief anecdote on asking Roy Lichtenstein to make decor for Pond way (1998); anecdotes on working with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns for RainForest (1968); an anecdote on the premiere of Jour ou Deux (1973).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 909421445NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20625376Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ff5b5a90-b8c2-0133-76cf-60f81dd2b63c
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