John Cage, chance and interdisciplinary artmaking, with Merce Cunningham: Artist Alphabets event at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1999-04-15
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Speaker)Carlson, Trevor (Performer)Cunningham, Merce (Performer)Kelly, John, 1954- (Performer)Kuhn, Laura Diane (Speaker)Kuhn, Laura Diane (Performer)Rouse, Mikel (Performer)Vaughan, David, 1924- (Performer)Cage, John (Composer)John Cage Trust (Sponsor)UCLA Center for the Performing Arts (Event place)University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of World Arts and Cultures (Sponsor)University of California, Los Angeles. LGBT Resources Office (Sponsor)Talking Dance Project (Sponsor)Artist Alphabets (1999 : University of California, Los Angeles) (Associated name)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1999-04-15
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1411
TopicsCage, JohnSatie, Erik, 1866-1925Cunningham, MerceBlack Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyBiped (Choreographic work : Cunningham)CRWDSPCR (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Ground level overlay (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Pond way (Choreographic work : Cunningham)ChoreographyCage, John. James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an alphabetDrama
Genresspoken wordFilmed performancesInterviewsLive sound recordings
NotesContent: Contains the inaugural Artist Alphabets event in 1999 at the University of California, Los Angeles, which featured a reading of John Cage's play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an alphabet, and a live interview with Merce Cunningham.Content: Title, date, location and performers provided by cataloger based on typed note on original container, and audition.Content: Typed note on original container: "Artist Alphabets: "John Cage, Chance & Interdisciplinary Artmaking" 4/15/99 ; Part 1 John Cage: John, Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Satie: An Alphabet ; Part 2 Interview with Merce Cunningham by David Gere ; Co-Sponsored by UCLA - Performing Arts, Dept of World Arts and Cultures, LGBT Studies; Merce Cunningham Foundation; John Cage Trust; and Talking Dance Project".Performers: [Trevor Carlson?, Merce Cunningham, John Kelly, Laura Kuhn, Mikel Rouse?, David Vaughan, and others], performers.Venue: Recorded at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1999 April 15.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (115 minutes) : analogSound quality is good.
DescriptionStreaming file 1: Unidentified speaker introduces the event, ca. 0:00-2:54; Laura Kuhn of the John Cage Trust introduces the John Cage play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an alphabet, ca. 3:01-4:45; reading of James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an alphabet, by Kuhn, Merce Cunningham, John Kelly, David Vaughan, Mikel Rouse?, Trevor Carlson?, and other unidentified actors, ca. 4:46-58:11.
Streaming file 2: Reading continues of James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an alphabet, ca. 0:00-5:25; Merce Cunningham interview with unidentified interviewer, ca. 5:27-57:19; topics include: Cunningham playing the character Erik Satie in the Cage play and his interest in Satie, his utilitarian approach to choreography, the mesostic form Cage used to create the play and other compositional limitations that Cage placed on himself, Cunningham's time-based structures for his choreography, Cage's idea of an artists' work as an alphabet, persons whom Cunningham might select for characters in a similar play including his tap teacher Mrs. [Maude] Barrett and "Teeny" [Alexina] and Marcel Duchamp, some of the personal ways that Cunningham remembers and misses Cage, on the creation of CRWDSPCR (1993) and using the LifeForms choreographic software, how he uses chance operations in his choreography, summers at Black Mountain College especially the inter-disciplinary activities and performances there, briefly on the premiere of his Pond way (1998), his 80th birthday, he describes design components of his Biped (1999), briefly on the premiere of his Ground level overlay (1995); the happy birthday song is played (version by composer David Martinelli) and the audience sings for Cunningham.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913889858NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20732292Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1de432e0-b8f3-0133-0ed3-60f81dd2b63c
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