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CRWDSPCR: a film
Additional title: CRWDSPCR (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Atlas, Charles (Director)
Andrieux, Cédric (Dancer)
Bokaer, Jonah (Dancer)
Boudreau, Lisa (Dancer)
Collwes, Brandon (Dancer)
Cunningham, Julie Dawn (Dancer)
Desjardins, Emma (Dancer)
Farmer, Holley (Dancer)
Goggans, Jennifer (Dancer)
Mitchell, Rashaun (Dancer)
Mizuta, Koji (Dancer)
Munnerlyn, Marcie (Dancer)
Squire, Daniel S (Dancer)
Weber, Andrea Michelle, 1975- (Dancer)
King, John, 1953 November 28- (Composer)
Lancaster, Mark, 1938- (Designer)
Lancaster, Mark, 1938- (Costume designer)
Lancaster, Mark, 1938- (Lighting designer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Presenter)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2008
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 4490
Modern dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Title, statement of responsibility and credits appear on-screen at the beginning of video.
Creation/production credits: Music (Blues '99) by John King; decor, costumes and lighting by Mark Lancaster.
Venue: Recorded 2008 location not identified.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (30 min.) : sound, color
From Electronic Arts Intermix website ( accessed on 2/19/2015: "Atlas records a late-2000's revival performance of the 1993 dance CRWDSPCR, which Merce Cunningham choreographed using the choreographic software program LifeForms. In program notes to a performance of the dance, Cunningham suggested that the vowel-less title, pronounced either 'crowd spacer' or 'crowds pacer,' referred to the way in which technology both crowded space and quickened the pace of daily life. Atlas's camera mimics a computer screen by maintaining an objective, static frame and rarely zooming in on particular dancers, notably making an intimate approach during the long, slow solo that contrasts with the dance's overall frenetic, staccato paces. A blue screen that forms the backdrop for the dance is traversed by a full company of dancers, who wear multi-colored leotards resembling harlequin computer pixels or digital grids. Cunningham's stage organization also permits the viewer to focus his or her attention on any of several groupings of moving dancers, much as one would when working on a computer with several windows open simultaneously. In this way, CRWDSPCR merges Cunninham's vision of a decentered organization of the stage with his use of the computer as a conceptual extension of chance-generated decision-making."
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 904257462
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20539391
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a16c5390-4b48-0133-d307-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 2008: Created
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "CRWDSPCR" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2008.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "CRWDSPCR" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 24, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2008). CRWDSPCR Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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