A seminal figure of the 20th-century avant-garde, American
choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919—2009) engaged the boundaries
of dance for more than 70 years. Throughout his long career,
Cunningham continuously experimented with the limits of human
movement, always gauging the historic relevancy of his art,
especially in relation to current technology and media. In the
1960s, he began collaborating with several experimental film and
media makers to integrate their unique syntax of framing and
editing into his work.
EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) is pleased to partner with Migrating Forms to present a program of works that highlight Cunningham’s choreography for camera and his close collaboration with former Cunningham filmmaker-in-residence Charles Atlas, with whom he created a new influential hybrid art called “video-dance.” The program also includes Cunningham’s collaboration with Atlas, Nam June Paik, and Shigeko Kubota, which was staged for public television.
This program will feature a post-screening discussion with Charles Atlas and Rebecca Cleman of EAI.
Directed by Nam June Paik
With Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham, and Shigeko Kubota
Directed by Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham
Merce Cunningham was a leading force in American contemporary culture.