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August pace: [with panel discussion excerpts]
Additional title: August pace (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Pugliese, Michael (Composer)
Gallo, Suzanne (Costume designer)
Barrow, Helen (Dancer)
Bartosik, Kimberly (Dancer)
Cole, Michael Eugene (Dancer)
Diamond, Emma (Dancer)
Finlayson, Victoria (Dancer)
Good, Alan (Dancer)
Komar, Chris (Dancer)
Kulick, David (Dancer)
Lent, Patricia (Dancer)
McGoldrick, Larissa (Dancer)
O'Connor, Dennis. (Dancer)
Swinston, Robert (Dancer)
Teitelbaum, Carol (Dancer)
Weaver, Jenifer (Dancer)
Wood, Robert (Dancer)
Amirkhanian, Charles (Moderator)
Cage, John (Panelist)
Kosugi, Takehisa, 1938- (Panelist)
Mumma, Gordon, 1935- (Panelist)
Pugliese, Michael (Panelist)
Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Panelist)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Presenter)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1989-09-20
Table of Contents
Company warm-up (15 min.) -- August pace (27 min.) -- A kind of anarchy [excerpts] (41 min.) -- Rehearsing the human situation [excerpt] (10 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3148
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-1411 (former)
Cunningham, Merce
Cage, John
Avant-garde (Music)
Modern dance
Panel discussions
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Creation/production credits: August pace. Music by Michael Pugliese (Peace talks), performed by Pugliese and Takehisa Kosugi. Decor by Sergei Bougaev. Lighting by Jeffrey McRoberts. Costumes by Suzanne Gallo.
Performers: August pace. Performed by members of Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Michael Cole, Emma Diamond, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Larissa McGoldrick, Dennis O'Connor, Robert Swinston, Carol Teiltelbaum, Jenifer Weaver, Robert Wood.
Performers: A kind of anarchy. Moderator: Charles Amirkhanian. Panelists: John Cage, Takehisa Kosugi, Gordon Mumma, Michael Pugliese, David Tudor.
Performers: Rehearsing the human situation. Moderator: David Vaughan. Panelists: Merce Cunningham and John Cage.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on Sept. 20, 1989.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (90 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
This video features a performance of August pace and excerpts from two panel discussions that took place during the symposium Celebrating Merce Cunningham at the University of California, Berkeley. The first panel, titled A kind of anarchy, features composer/musicians who collaborated with Cunningham discussing their own music and their work with the Cunningham company. The panelists discuss the influence of electronic technology on their music; their views on various contemporary composers; and the process of their collaborations with Merce Cunningham. In the second panel, John Cage speaks about the relationship between his graphic art work and his music; Cunningham speaks about his dancers' timing and the introduction of replacement dancers in his company.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16430276
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dd58c020-e880-0131-5781-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1989: Created
  • 2022: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "August pace" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "August pace" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 22, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1989). August pace Retrieved from

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August pace