Merce, Merce, Me

Students from P.S. 3, P.S. 89, P.S. 234, P.S. 315, NEST+m, The Brearley School, The Corlears School, The Dalton School, and the Merce Cunningham Studio Class For Teenagers perform Changing Steps, 1975 at Memorial - Events in Honor of Merce, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, October 28, 2009.

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company hosted MEMORIAL- EVENTS IN HONOR OF MERCE, with site-specific performances by The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, former Company dance members and other artists who shared in Merce’s adventure.  The five-hour events schedule began at 4pm.  Three stages were mapped out on a diagonal over the massive Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall.  Performers entered and exited smoothly from stage to stage along red=carpeted pathways and held tight to the program schedule.  Atmospheric lighting and minimalist music echoed from the balcony where live musicians re-created pieces from the Cunningham catalog.  Stark, moody, lively, intelligent, beautiful – it was all Merce all night.

Merce Cunningham alum, Paige Cunningham performs Interscape, 2000 on Stage 2.

Early Cunningham Collaborator/Dancer and Dance Philanthropist, Sage Cowles

(l) Cunningham Collaborator/Dancer, Carolyn Brown with Choreographer Sara Rudner and a friend.

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