Merce Cunningham

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  • Merce Cunningham Legacy

    creative collaborations of Merce Cunningham. One could expect for a collaboration to be an intimate process between composers, designers, and choreographers and you could expect for Merce experience to be the same do to his exposure in Martha Graham’s company. In Martha Graham’s company, Cunningham was exposed to dance, sets, narrative and lighting being interdependent, but Cunningham decided to take the opposite approach in his work. He abandoned the theatrical and musical dependency of Graham’s work in favor of an independent collaborative process between the choreography, music and design. He found ways to isolate his choreographic process to create innovative and unexpected work which is I consider…

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  • Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime Of Dance

    Merce Cunningham was born Mercier Philip Cunningham. He was born on April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington. His father was a lawyer and known for his work on the Centralia Massacre case. His mother was a world traveler and he described his mother as “an enormous energy and quite independent spirit” in his book, Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance. Merce Cunningham didn’t start dance at a really young age, he started when he was 12. He was introduced to dance by Maude Barrett who was attended…

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  • Similarities Between Ballet And Merce Cunningham

    Having done Cunningham technique it is posible to notice obvious similarities between ballet. Both class works on developing the desired aesthetics within body, movement grandeur and prevention of injury, for long lasting career. They share the same exercise like plies, foot work, arm exercises, different ways of brushing the feet, working out in turn out or parallel and many more. Ballet and Merce Cunningham dancers travell on the dance floor in similar patterns and ways. In both of the…

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  • White Angel Theme Analysis

    In the story “White Angel,” by Michael Cunningham, love and death is widespread, and it follows the story of two brothers - a nine-year old narrator, Bobby Morrow and his sixteen year old brother, Carlton. Both brothers are outgoing, and they have a strong relationship together. Cunningham uses both point of views and symbols to promote the theme.The Morrow’s house, which borders the cemetery becomes the symbol of both love and death. Bobby and Carlton often visits the cemetery to smoke…

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  • Martha Graham Contribution

    Martha Graham was a skilled and influential dancer who touched the lives of many. As an influential figure in someone’s life, one would leave a lasting mark on his or her actions, tendencies and personality. Graham left more than a lasting mark on the lives of Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor; she gave them training to become the dancers and choreographers that they were destined to be. Martha started the idea of innovation and modernization in dance; Cunningham and Taylor continued it. Martha…

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  • Analysis Of Merce Cunningham's Beach Birds

    A visionary choreographer named Merce Cunningham broke the laws of dance and created avant-garde pieces that inspired modern dance today. Cunningham’s love for birds reflects on his piece “Beach Birds”, premiered on June 20, 1991 at Theater 11. Using the technique of “choreography by chance” and distant ocean waves, Cunningham creates a simplistic piece that gives the audience a chance to give their own interpretation. As it is titled, the dance is solely based on existing beach birds living of…

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  • Modern Dance Performance Analysis

    Two modern dance masters of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham (1919 - 2009) and Alvin Ailey (1931 - 1989) both deceased and both from entirely different backgrounds, created genius compositions of movement and interpretation as exhibited on stage through their chosen art, modern dance. Suite for Five by Merce Cunningham (1956) and Revelations by Alvin Ailey (1960) were considered to be some of their greatest compositions and although the pieces were created and performed within four years…

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  • American Composers: John Cage's Music Of Change

    painters, musicians, and chorographers. Cage questioned the musical preconceptions that was left from the 19th century. Arnold Schoenberg, a teacher of John Cage, called Cage “not a composer, but an inventor of genius” (Hicks, 1990). Many musicians, and to much of the public, thought Cage’s compositions were baffling and outrageous and could not qualify as music. Cage believed that everything that we do is music. He thought that art should imitate nature and he tried to make…

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  • John Cage Musical Style

    Peggy Guggenheim, she offered not only to let him perform a concert at her museum with full financial support but also offered to pay for all transportation. However once Peggy found out that Cage had also accepted a concert for the Museum of Modern Art, she withdrew all support completely and kicked him out. And after the performance and the MoMA was a flop, John Cage was left at a very low point in his life. It was only until he turned to his works for prepared piano, and in collaboration with…

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  • History Of Dance Essay

    the art of dance. He taught the idea that dancers needed to treat each part of their body as an instrument working together in a symphony and believed that every gesture made in choreography needed to have motivation behind it (Anderson; Nadel and Strauss). One of the first male dancers in Graham’s company, Merce Cunningham, also rose to fame during this time. He founded the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and his practices in abstract movement and a technique known as chance…

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