Merce Cunningham at 90

Apr 16—Apr 19, 2009
RUN TIME: 90min with intermission
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  $20, 36, 52, 60
FULL PRICE TICKETS:  $25, 45, 65, 75
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Thursday April 16, 2009
Performances no longer available.

Nearly Ninety
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Choreography by Merce Cunningham

Commissioned by BAM 

“...he has routinely been described as the world’s greatest choreographer… The dances he has made this millennium suggest, amazingly, that no choreographer alive is more concerned with continuing to extend his range.”
—The New York Times

April 16 marks the 90th birthday of Merce Cunningham-one of the most important choreographers of our time-whose radical approaches to space, time, and technology continue to redefine the way we experience dance. Over the course of his celebrated career, he has forged a distinctive language of movement, illuminating the body's inherent drama and limitless capacity for change. And as a longtime collaborator of John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, he has played a leading role in fostering innovation across art forms. 

In celebration of his birthday, Merce Cunningham Dance Company returns to BAM with the world premiere of a dazzling evening-length work created in collaboration with and performed live by Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi, and seminal indie rock band Sonic Youth. With an intriguing multi-tiered décor by world-renowned architect Benedetta Tagliabue, lighting by Tony and Obie-winning designer Brian MacDevitt, video design by Franc Aleu, and costumes by Romeo Gigli, this new masterpiece is testament to the boundless imagination of a man who, on the cusp of his tenth decade, still keeps us on our toes.

Music composed and performed by 
John Paul Jones, Takehisa Kosugi, and Sonic Youth: 
Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley
Décor Design by Benedetta Tagliabue 
Costume Design by Romeo Gigli for  io ipse idem 
Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt
Video Design by Franc Aleu