Merce Cunningham speaks about his choreography
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Speaker)Theater an der Wien (Host)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-06-08
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 2358
TopicsCunningham, MerceMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyEvent (Choreographic work : Cunningham)ChoreographyDance -- Study and teachingRehearsals
NotesContent: This recording seems to be a rehearsal of a lecture by Merce Cunningham about his choreography, to be given at an unspecified date and location.Content: Title, location and date provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten notes on original container. The relationship of the recording to the note "Montreal" is unidentified.Content: Handwritten note on original container: "Montreal L/Dem - 44'20 ; VI/8/77 ; 7 1/2 ips".Venue: Recorded at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria, 1977 June 8.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (49 minutes) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono ; 7 in.Recording quality is mostly good; at times, Cunningham's voice is soft. There are short silences and gaps throughout the recording.
DescriptionMerce Cunningham speaks briefly about his early interest in dance; his interest in choreographic complexity; daily dance training; briefly, the intentions and expressions that inherently reside in movements; the impact of technology on narrative structures in dance; more on dance technique and training; his teaching methods in relation to his choreography; more on movement expression; the variety of techniques that modern dancers study; his interest in movement spontaneity; more on teaching dance; his interest in expanding the range of possibilities in movement; [recording gap]; more on his dance technique, movement tempos and technology; his definition of dance; briefly, the impact of television; chance mechanisms and methods to structure his choreography and juxtapose movements; briefly, the difficulties of working with these methods, especially for the dancers; the challenges and comedies of being a dancer within a dance company; the movement inspiration as a starting point for his dances; the cumulative effect of movements within a dance piece; the look of spontaneity in his dances and the methods he uses to achieve this, including performing in non-traditional spaces as in his Events; creating this sound recording at Theater an der Wien where he presented his first Event in 1964; the widening of interest in dance; synergy among the performance elements in his dance pieces; more on the performance elements and the audience's reactions to his pieces; his pre-performance announcement; his brief defenses of critiques, especially one regarding music; briefly, social and environmental concerns; his artistic practice that consists of questioning and then investigating; briefly, the mental and physical flexibility gained by being a dancer.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 880587700NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20209249Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4f3d9fa0-b3fa-0133-84fe-3c07547a230f
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