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Shards: [rehearsal]
Additional title: Shards (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Barrow, Helen (Dancer)
Finlayson, Victoria (Dancer)
Good, Alan (Dancer)
Kerr, Catherine (Dancer)
Kulick, David (Dancer)
Lent, Patricia (Dancer)
Remley, Rob (Dancer)
Santimyer, Kristy (Dancer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Dancer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1987-02-26
Table of Contents
Shards (stage right) (26 min.) -- Shards (stage left) (26 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1963
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-975 (former)
Modern dance
Filmed dance
Venue: Videotaped in rehearsal at the Cunningham studio, Westbeth, New York City, Feb. 26, 1987.
Biographical/historical: Shards premiered in Mar. 1987, with a musical score by David Tudor.
Content: Also includes: Points in space, rehearsal (42 min.) Total time: 94 min.
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Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (106 min.) : sound, black and white, color ; 1/2 in.
This video features a studio run-through of Shards, in rehearsal clothes, without musical accompaniment. The run-through is filmed from two angles, each showing a partial view of the studio. The first recording is in color, the second in black-and-white. The remainder of the video features a run-through of Points in space filmed in 1986.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16144143
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9f209bd0-e873-0131-79ec-3c075448cc4b
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Item timeline of events

  • 1987: Created
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Shards" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Shards" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 19, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1987). Shards Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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