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Additional title: Second hand (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Cage, John (Composer)
Johns, Jasper, 1930- (Costume designer)
Nelson, Richard, 1938-1996 (Lighting designer)
Brown, Carolyn, 1927- (Dancer)
Neels, Sandra (Dancer)
Harper, Meg (Dancer)
Robinson, Chase (Dancer)
Dunn, Douglas, 1942- (Dancer)
Setterfield, Valda (Dancer)
Hayman-Chaffey, Susana (Dancer)
Wong, Mel (Dancer)
Dove, Ulysses (Dancer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company ()
Brooklyn Academy of Music (Producer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1972-02-05
Table of Contents
Part I (6 min.) -- Part II (8 min.) -- Part III (17 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1998
Modern dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Title and statement of responsibility provided by cataloger, based on program available in *MGZMD 196.
Creation/production credits: Original music score (Cheap Imitation) by John Cage; costumes by Jasper Johns; lighting design by Richard Nelson.
Performers: Performed by members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Ulysses Dove, Douglas Dunn, Meg Harper, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Sandra Neels, Chase Robinson, Valda Setterfield and Mel Wong.
Venue: Recorded 1972 February 5 Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Physical Description
Videotape reel
Extent: 1 videotape reel (31 min.) : sound, black & white ; 1/2 in.
Tracking unstable at start and end; picture quality poor throughout; last 5 min. blank.
Part I of Second Hand features Merce Cunningham dancing solo. In Part II, he is joined by Carolyn Brown. Part III is a group dance, during which Merce Cunningham and Carolyn Brown are joined by several members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20231207
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7e3bcca0-e883-0131-5b40-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Second hand, 1972-02-05" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1972.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Second hand, 1972-02-05" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 24, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1972). Second hand, 1972-02-05 Retrieved from

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Second hand, 1972-02-05