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Fluid canvas [and] Split sides

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Fluid canvas [and] Split sides, Oct. 14, 2003
Additional title: Fluid canvas (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Additional title: Split sides (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
King, John, 1953 November 28- (Composer)
Downie, Marc. (Designer)
Eshkar, Shelley (Designer)
Kaiser, Paul, 1956- (Designer)
Ingalls, James F. (Lighting designer)
Heishman, Robert (Designer)
Yass, Catherine, 1963- (Designer)
Andrieux, Cédric (Dancer)
Bokaer, Jonah (Dancer)
Boudreau, Lisa (Dancer)
Chen, Ashley (Dancer)
Cunningham, Paige. (Dancer)
Farmer, Holley (Dancer)
Goggans, Jennifer (Dancer)
Kirschner, Mandy (Dancer)
Minato, Koji (Dancer)
Roberts, Daniel Aguzzoli (Dancer)
Squire, Daniel S. (Dancer)
Steele, Jeannie K. (Dancer)
Swan, Derry (Dancer)
Swinston, Robert (Dancer)
Therrien, Cheryl (Dancer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Presenter)
Radiohead (Musical group) (Musician)
Sigur Rós (Musical group) (Musician)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2003-10-14
Table of Contents
Introduction (4 min.) -- Fluid canvas (31 min.) -- Split sides (43 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3627
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-2092 (former)
Modern dance
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Content: Filmed in close shot.
Content: The recording of Fluid canvas is very dark.
Creation/production credits: Fluid canvas. Music by John King. Video design by Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, Paul Kaiser. Lighting design by James F. Ingalls.
Creation/production credits: Split sides. Music by Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Decor by Robert Heishman and Catherine Yass.
Venue: Recorded in performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, on Oct. 14, 2003.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (MiniDV) (78 min.) : sound, color
This performance was part of a program celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The recording begins with Merce Cunningham and Carolyn Brown, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, James Hall and others casting dice to determine the order of music, decor and costumes for Split sides. The performance of Fluid canvas begins at 4 min. into the video.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16549364
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6ec63050-314e-0132-a986-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fluid canvas [and] Split sides" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2003.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fluid canvas [and] Split sides" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 5, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2003). Fluid canvas [and] Split sides Retrieved from

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Fluid canvas [and] Split sides