Interview with Merce Cunningham: on Third ear (Radio program), BBC Radio 3, 1989-03-20Additional title: Third ear (Radio program : BBC Radio 3)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)McLean, Fiona (Radio producer)Cook, Christopher, 1959 January 24- (Host)BBC Radio 3 (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1989-03-20
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1461
TopicsCunningham, MerceMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyEvent (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Choreography
NotesContent: Host Christopher Cook interviews Merce Cunningham for broadcast on March 20, 1989 by BBC Radio 3, on its series the Third ear, produced by Fiona McLean; on the occasion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances of Events at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, in March, 1989.Content: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original cassette and container, and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original cassette: "Third Ear 20.03.89". Handwritten note on original container: "Third Ear ; Merce Cunningham, Christopher Cook ; Producer: Fiona McLean ; Room: 8406 BH Ext. 5214 ; 8LN911/89FJ3121 ; Radio 3 ; TX: 20.03.89 ; Due: 24'11" ".Venue: Broadcast in, London, England, 1989 March 20.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (24 minutes) : analogSound quality is good.
DescriptionBegins abruptly; host and interviewer Christopher Cook introduces Merce Cunningham and his career; Merce Cunningham speaks about his Events including his re-use of past choreography and chance operations to arrange the unique order of a given Event; his use of stage space and how this allows for his [Merce Cunningham Dance] Company to perform in unique spaces; how movement itself, without added narrative, is of interest to him; Marcel Duchamp's idea that "art is completed by the spectator" and his interest in open interpretation of his works; his interest in using "contemporary terms" in his work, especially in selecting his collaborators; his use of live electronics as the music for his work and how this impacts his dancers; how he gets initial inspiration for a dance from movement or seeing movement in the world; testing movement ideas out through teaching them to his dancers and watching how they respond; the individual rhythmic tendencies of dancers as well as his use of a stopwatch to organize the tempo and timing of movement phrases; videotaping his rehearsals; his interest in exploring movement over creating a style; how dancers develop artistry and his admiration of Fred Astaire; why he selects his Company dancers from classes rather than audition; briefly, his own thoughts on continuing to dance as an aging dancer.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 932894773NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20861314Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 16267700-b949-0133-9f35-3c07547a230f
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