Beacon event: performance and post-performance discussion, 2008-01-12

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Beacon event: performance and post-performance discussion, 2008-01-12
Additional title: Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection
Additional title: Event (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (choreographer.)
Cunningham, Merce (interviewee.)
Cooke, Lynne (interviewer.)
Carlson, Trevor (speaker.)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (dancer.)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Captured: 20080112
Other Date: 2008.
Table of Contents
Opening announcements from Trevor Carlson (3 min.) -- Event performance (40 min.) -- post-performance discussion [part 1] (50 min.) -- post-performance discussion [part 2] (3 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3664
Aleatory music
Art -- 20th century
two-dimensional moving image
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Filmed interviews
Statement of responsibility: choreography by Merce Cunningham.
Title, statement of responsibility and credits taken from documents provided by Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation.
Note on original container: "Left room".
Performers: Performed by members of Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Venue: Recorded 2008 January 12 The Warhol Room, DIA: Beacon Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York.
System details: Streaming video.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 streaming video files (97 min) : sound, color
This recording shows the left stage of an Event that took place on two adjacent stages, separated by a doorway. The Warhol Room is shown. Following this Event, DIA Arts Foundation curator Lynne Cooke interviews Merce Cunningham. In the interview, Merce Cunningham discusses the origin of his Events, the first Event performance in Vienna and the audience's reaction to that performance. He goes on to discuss some of the more unconventional performance spaces in which his Events took place throughout the years, how he structures the Events and his use of chance operations, among other topics. The interview is followed by questions from the audience.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 897053957
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20488473
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a4a76910-66a5-0132-f3f4-3c075448cc4b
Copyright Notice
Patrons can access streaming video files only at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 2008: Other
  • 20080112: Captured
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Beacon event" The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Beacon event" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 16, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. Beacon event Retrieved from

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Beacon event