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Polarity: rehearsal
Additional title: Polarity (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Cunningham, Merce (Creator)
Cunningham, Merce (Choreographer)
Barrow, Helen (Dancer)
Finlayson, Victoria (Dancer)
Good, Alan (Dancer)
Komar, Chris (Dancer)
Lent, Patricia (Dancer)
Swinston, Robert (Dancer)
Teitelbaum, Carol (Dancer)
Bartosik, Kimberly (Dancer)
Cole, Michael Eugene (Dancer)
Diamond, Emma (Dancer)
Kulick, David (Dancer)
McGoldrick, Larissa (Dancer)
Weaver, Jenifer (Dancer)
Wood, Robert (Dancer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Dancer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1990-04-06
Table of Contents
Polarity, cast A (27 min.) -- Polarity, cast B (30 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2889
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-983 (former)
Modern dance
Filmed dance
Content: Notes on original container: cast A & B; stage left.
Venue: Videotaped in rehearsal at the Cunningham studio, Westbeth, New York City, Apr. 6, 1990.
Biographical/historical: Polarity premiered Mar. 13, 1990, with a musical score by David Tudor.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (57 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
This video features two studio run-throughs of Polarity, rehearsed by alternate casts, in rehearsal clothes, without musical accompaniment.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16143620
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f657f640-e873-0131-61e9-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1990: Created
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Polarity" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1990.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Polarity" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 20, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1990). Polarity Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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