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Merce Cunningham for Camera

Sun, Dec 15, 2013
  • 2PM
FORMAT: Digibeta
MEMBERS: $8 (Movie Moguls free)
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
+  Post-screening discussion
December 2013
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Sunday December 15, 2013
Performances no longer available.
Co-presented by EAI

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.

Special Appearance 

This program will feature a post-screening discussion with Charles Atlas and Rebecca Cleman of EAI.

Merce by Merce by Paik

Directed by Nam June Paik
With Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham, and Shigeko Kubota
1978, 29min


Directed by Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham
1982, 32min

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