A centennial celebration of the pioneering postmodern choreographer Merce Cunningham’s work with two dance performances by Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers under the direction of longtime Cunningham collaborator Robert Swinston.
The animate and inanimate meet through a fascinating intersection of enthralling choreography and motion-capture technology. The décor for BIPED, from 1999, is an exploration of the possibilities of animation technology and motion capture. The digital artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar collaborated with Cunningham, who, working with two dancers, choreographed 70 phrases that were transposed into digital images. The live performers dance between projections of these animated images, as well as abstract patterns (vertical and horizontal lines, dots, clusters).
How to Pass, Kick, Fall & Run
Featuring an athletic theme, but without without any specific references to games, this 1965 piece features music by Cunningham’s longtime collaborator John Cage, including stories from Silence, a Year from Monday. The choreography keeps the dancers constantly in motion, never staying in a given place for very long, with two or three things simultaneously occurring on stage at all times.
This performance is recommended for ages 13 and up.
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