Merce Cunningham and the Visual Arts
by David Vaughan
I did not tell him what to make, only that it could be something that was in the dance area, that we could move through it, around it, and with it if he so liked.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Ground Level Overlay', 'Split Sides': A Cartography of Urban Aesthetics
by Rosella Simonari -
October 9, 2004, Barbican Theatre, London
But it is "Ground Level Overlay" that opens the 'official' performance with its smooth movement phrases and trombone sound effects.
Merce Cunningham and Contemporary Music
by David Vaughan
From the beginning, working in this manner gave me a feeling of freedom for the dance, not a dependence upon the note-by-note procedure with which I had been used to working.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Ground Level Overlay', 'Split Sides'
By Elizabeth Schwyzer - October 8, 2004, Barbican Theatre, London
It’s no secret that Merce Cunningham has a lifelong fascination with chance. He’s famous for creating dances without the influence of music, allowing dancers to hear a score only shortly before going on stage so that the coming-together of various elements of a performance holds the mystery of the unknown not only for the audience, but also for the artists.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Event'
by Lyndsey Winship -
June 19, 2005, Barbican, London
A performance by the Merce Cunningham company would be an event, even if it wasn't named as such. At 86, Cunningham is still seemingly as excited by experimentation as ever.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'CRWDSPCR,' 'Second Hand,' 'eyeSpace'
By Carmel Morgan - March 27, 2008, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC
On March 27, 2008, at the new Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company treated its audience to an indisputably entertaining evening. Accosted at the theater entrance by smiling young faces demanding “collateral,” audience members waited in long lines to be handed tiny i-pod Shuffles that were to be used to listen to Mikel Rouse’s score for the last work on the program, “eyeSpace.”.