2008 Merce Cunningham Dance Company Faculty Concert, selectionsAdditional title: Trace (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Enter (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Trails (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Next (Choreographic work : Charleston)Additional title: Neues Stuck (Choreographic work : Squire)Additional title: Just For Fun (Choreographic work : Burns and Zaragosa)
NamesCunningham, Merce (Creator)Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)Swinston, Robert (Choreographer)Moore, Stephan (Choreographer)Lent, Patricia (Choreographer)Freebury, Jean (Dancer)Charleston, Janet (Dancer)Squire, Daniel S (Dancer)Burns, Louise Ann (Dancer)Zaragosa, Luis Gabriel (Dancer)Richter, Pat (Lyricist)Vaughan, David, 1924- (Singer)Crossman, Dylan (Dancer)Scott, Jamie (Dancer)Hinrichs, John (Dancer)Toogood, Melissa (Dancer)Chuang, En Ning (Dancer)Hickman, Nora (Dancer)Olsen, Vigdis Hentz (Dancer)Schmedt, Lindy (Dancer)Brittain, Hannah (Dancer)Byrne, Megan (Dancer)Nelson, Krista (Dancer)Onuki, Juri (Dancer)Rossi, Andrea (Italian artist, active 20th century) (Dancer)Ryan, Keelin (Dancer)Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Composer)Woltmann, Chris (Composer)Cage, John (Composer)Schertzinger, Victor (Composer)Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976 (Lyricist)Kalmar, Bert, 1884-1947 (Lyricist)Ruby, Harry (Composer)Coward, Noel, 1899-1973 (Lyricist)Wright, Geoffrey, 1912-2010 (Composer)Morgan, Diana, 1910- (Lyricist)MacDermott, Robert (Lyricist)Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 (Composer)Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974 (Lyricist)Davies, Molly (Lyricist)
Merce Cunningham Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2008-07-14
Table of ContentsThe 'A Fine Romance' segment of the program contains performances or excerpts of the following songs: "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry" (1942); You Can't Walk A Waltz; Merceful Rag; The Man On The Mountain; All Alone Monday (1926); Parisian Pierrot (1936); Transatlantic Lullaby (1939); A Fine Romance (1936).
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 6965
TopicsMerce Cunningham Dance CompanySingersJazz singersPianistsComposersWomen composersModern dance
GenresFilmed performancesFilmed dance
NotesContent: Title provided by cataloger, based on original container label.Performers: Janet Charleston, choreographer/dancer (Next); Louise Burns, Luis Gabriel Zaragosa, choreographers/dancers (Just For Fun); Daniel Roberts, choreographer/dancer (Neues Stuck); Merce Cunningham, choreographer (Enter [and] Trails); Robert Swinston, Stephan Moore, choreography reconstructionists (Trails); Patricia Lent, choreography reconstructionist (Enter); Jean Freebury, En Ning Chuang, Nora Hickman, Vigidis Hentz Olsen, Lindy Schmedt, choreography (Trace).Creation/production credits: Pat Richter, lyricist/composer (You Can't Walk A Waltz [and] Merceful Rag [and] The Man On The Mountain); Johnny Mercer, lyricist (Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry); Victor Schertzinger, composer (Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry); Bert Kalmar, lyricist (All Alone Monday); Harry Ruby, composer (All Alone Monday); Noel Coward, lyricist/composer (Parisian Pierrot); Geoffrey Wright, composer (Transatlantic Lullaby); Diana Morgan and Robert MacDermot, lyricists (Transatlantic Lullaby); Jerome Kern, composer (A Fine Romance), Dorothy Fields and Molly Davies, lyricists (A Fine Romance); John Cage, composer (Trails); Chris Woltmann, composer (Traces); David Tudor, composer (Neural Network Plus).Venue: Recorded 2008, June 14 . New York City.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Physical DescriptionVideodiscExtent: 1 videodisc (DVD) (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DescriptionSelect performances from the 2008 edition of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Faculty concert, in which performances were staged by faculty members in collaboration with members of the MCDC dance corps and student repertory dancers (RUGs). The program begins with a performance of the piece Next, choreographed and danced by Janet Charleston. A performance of Just For Fun, choreographed and danced by Louise Burns and Luis Gabriel Zaragosa, follows (8:24). Daniel Roberts then dances a piece, Neues Stuck, which he also choreographed (21:12). Following this, Cunningham dancers perform a Merce Cunningham work, Trails, as historically reconstructed by Robert Swinston and Stephan Moore, with music by John Cage (30:05). A change of pace comes next, as MCDC archivist David Vaughan and frequent MCDC pianist/accompanist Pat Richter create a cabaret act consisting of a blend of standards and Richter's own compositions, entitled A Fine Romance (51:00). Following this, former Cunningham corps member and current instructor Jean Freebury and a corps of dancers perform the Cunningham piece Trace, with the choreography determined by 'chance operations', the frequent Cunningham device of improvising movement through rolling dice just prior to taking the stage. Music for this piece was composed by Chris Woltmann. (1:16:12). The presentation concludes with the Cunningham work Enter, as historically reconstructed by former MCDC corps member and current instructor Patricia Lent, with music by frequent Cunningham collaborator David Tudor (1:26:23).
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