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Additional title: Changing steps (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Hayman-Chaffey, Susana (Dancer)
Harper, Meg (Dancer)
Kerr, Catherine (Dancer)
Komar, Chris (Dancer)
Kovich, Robert (Dancer)
Mehl, Brynar (Dancer)
Moulton, Charles, 1954- (Dancer)
Setterfield, Valda (Dancer)
Roess-Smith, Julie (Dancer)
Barrow, Helen (Dancer)
Bartosik, Kimberly (Dancer)
Diamond, Emma (Dancer)
Finlayson, Victoria (Dancer)
Good, Alan (Dancer)
Kulick, David (Dancer)
Lent, Patricia (Dancer)
McGoldrick, Larissa (Dancer)
O'Connor, Dennis (Dancer)
Santimyer, Kristy (Dancer)
Swinston, Robert (Dancer)
Teitelbaum, Carol (Dancer)
Wood, Robert (Dancer)
Caplan, Elliot (Producer)
Cage, John (Composer)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Lancaster, Mark, 1938- (Costume designer)
Gallo, Suzanne (Costume designer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Presenter)
Cunningham Dance Foundation (Dancer)
Caplan, Elliot (Director)
Caplan, Elliot (Designer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1974
Date Created: 1984
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2876
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-910 (former)
Modern dance
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Content: Co-produced by Cunningham Dance Foundation and La Sept. Producer/editor: Elliot Caplan. Directors: Caplan, Merce Cunningham. Director of photography: Matthew Williams. Narrator: Robert Redford.
Content: Choreography: Merce Cunningham. Music: John Cage (Cartridge music). Design: Elliot Caplan. Costumes: Mark Lancaster, Suzanne Gallo.
Venue: Recordings taped at the following locations and dates: Merce Cunningham Dance Studio at Westbeth, New York, in April 1974; Bühnen der Stadt in Bielefeld, Stadthalle in Neuss, and Forum in Leverkusen, all in West Germany, in June 1988; Sundance Institute, Provo, Utah, in October 1988; and Sunrise Studios, Orem, Utah, in October 1988.
Performers: The dancers who appear in the 1974 (b&w) footage are: Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Meg Harper, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, Robert Kovich, Brynar Mehl, Charles Moulton, Valda Setterfield, and Julie Roess-Smith. Appearing in the 1988 (color) footage are: Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Emma Diamond, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Larissa McGoldrick, Dennis O'Connor, Kristy Santimyer, Robert Swinston, Carol Teitelbaum, and Robert Wood. Additional performers in recording include Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Meg Harper, Catherine Kerr, Robert Kovich, Brynar Mehl, Charles Moulton, Valda Setterfield and Julie Roess-Smith.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1video file (36 min.) : sound, color, with b&w sequences
Video collage of different recordings of the dance work Changing steps, choreographed by Merce Cunningham in 1973. In its original form it consisted of a solo dance for each member of the Company, 5 duets, 2 trios, 2 quartets and 2 quintets, which could be performed in any order and separately or overlapping if space allowed. The dance footage is preceded by a brief introduction.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170881
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 281fd0f0-9e80-0132-8be9-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1984: Created
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Changing steps" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1984.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Changing steps" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 4, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1984). Changing steps Retrieved from

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Changing steps