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RainForest [and] BIPED, 2001-11-13

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Additional title: RainForest (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Additional title: Biped (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Cunningham, Merce (Speaker)
Pesle, Bénédicte (Speaker)
Andrieux, Cédric (Dancer)
Bokaer, Jonah (Dancer)
Boudreau, Lisa (Dancer)
Chen, Ashley (Dancer)
Cunningham, Paige (Dancer)
Farmer, Holley (Dancer)
Freebury, Jean (Dancer)
Goggans, Jennifer (Dancer)
Minato, Koji (Dancer)
Squire, Daniel S (Dancer)
Steele, Jeannie K (Dancer)
Swan, Derry (Dancer)
Swinston, Robert (Dancer)
Therrien, Cheryl (Dancer)
Bryars, Gavin (Composer)
Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Composer)
Kosugi, Takehisa, 1938- (Instrumentalist)
Riley, Audrey (Instrumentalist)
Smith, Dave (Instrumentalist)
Woodrow, James (Instrumentalist)
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987 (Designer)
Eshkar, Shelley (Designer)
Kaiser, Paul, 1956- (Designer)
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008 (Costume designer)
Gallo, Suzanne (Costume designer)
Copp, Aaron (Lighting designer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Presenter)
Festival d'automne à Paris (Associated name)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2001-11-13
Table of Contents
RainForest (21 min.) -- BIPED (51 min.) -- Merce Cunningham speaks in honor of Bénédicte Pesle (15 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3569
Modern dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Title provided by cataloger, based on original container label; statement of responsibility and credits taken from documents provided by Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation.
Content: For a copy of this footage with an additional 10 min. of TV news coverage preceding the performances, see *MGZIDVD 5-1374.
Creation/production credits: RainForest: music (RainForest) by David Tudor and performed by Takehisa Kosugi and James Woodrow; set design (Silver Clouds) by Andy Warhol; costume design by Robert Rauschenberg; lighting design by Aaron Copp.
Creation/production credits: BIPED: music (BIPED) by Gavin Bryars and performed by Takehisa Kosugi, Audrey Riley, Dave Smith and James Woodrow; set design by Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser; costume design by Suzanne Gallo; lighting design by Aaron Copp.
Venue: Recorded 2001 November 13 Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Biographical/historical: Merce Cunningham dedicated his company's 2001 series of performances in Paris to Bénédicte Pesle.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (87 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Following the performances of RainForest and BIPED are fifteen minutes of footage of a reception at which Cunningham gives a speech, in French, discussing his company's historic ties with Paris and honoring the company's French presenter, Bénédicte Pesle, who is present and speaks briefly. The sound quality of these comments is poor.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 898083154
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20496589
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 060dadb0-9e7d-0132-d888-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "RainForest [and] BIPED, 2001-11-13" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2001.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "RainForest [and] BIPED, 2001-11-13" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 13, 2021.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2001). RainForest [and] BIPED, 2001-11-13 Retrieved from

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RainForest [and] BIPED, 2001-11-13