NamesCunningham, Merce (Creator)Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)Brown, Trisha, 1936- (Interviewer)Barrera, Juan (Videographer)Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Presenter)Sathya Production Services (Firm) (Videographer)New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Dance Collection (Associated name)
Merce Cunningham Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2003-01-11
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 3635Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-6655 (former)
TopicsCunningham, MerceCornish, Nellie Centennial, 1876-1956Swinston, RobertFarmer, HolleyRauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008Cage, JohnSuite for five (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Loose time (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Beach birds (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Summerspace (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Interscape (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Quartet (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Choreographers -- United StatesModern dance
NotesContent: Recording made possible by the cooperation of Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, the Hilton Hotel, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image, Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.Creation/production credits: Presented as part of the 46th Annual Members Conference Artists' Voices Series; co-chairs Janet Cowperthwaite and Lawrence Simpson.Venue: Videotaped at the Hilton Hotel, New York, N.Y., on January 11, 2003; video documentation, Sathya Production Services; videography, Juan Barrera.Funding: This recording is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (DVCam) (58 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
DescriptionSpeaking before an audience composed of members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, choreographers Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown discuss: their shared background in the Pacific Northwest; Cunningham's memories of his teacher Nellie Cornish; aspects of his choreographic process, including a description of his method by Cunningham dancer Robert Swinston, his use of chance procedures and the computer, the absence of story elements in his work, his use of space, and aerial work; their shared interest in drawing, and his perceptions of the relationship of drawing and theater work. Answering questions from the audience, Cunningham discusses how he and John Cage developed a new relationship between music and dance; his preference in titles for dance works; how different dancers transform the same choreography. Works cited as examples during the interview include: Suite for five; Holley Farmer's solo in Loose time; Beach birds; Summerspace, and its design by Robert Rauschenberg; Interscape; Quartet.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY03-F37NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15579662Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 36e51cb0-4b49-0133-6994-60f81dd2b63c
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