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Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Merce Cunningham Dance Company)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

The Kennedy Center Honoree and legendary choreographer returns with his company for a program of DC premieres of Cunningham repertory--eyeSpace, Crises, XOVER--as part of Modern Masters, the Center's celebration of American modern dance.

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Merce Cunningham, Artistic Director

"The high priest of the dance avant-garde"  
--The New York Times  
Kennedy Center Honoree and National Medal of Arts recipient Merce Cunningham is recognized as one of the greatest living choreographers, "an artist whose imprint is unmistakable" (The New York Times). During a six-decade career, his work has been re-defining principles of movement and breath, space and perspective, continuity and climax, taking on new meaning every time his dancers perform.  
December 12 & 13, Merce Cunningham Dance Company brings three D.C. premieres danced to live music as part of Modern Masters, the Center's celebration of American modern dance. XOVER ("crossover") is danced to two compositions by John Cage: Aria, for solo vocalist and Fontana Mix, for any number of players. As the title suggests, the white unitard–clad dancers cross back and forth across the stage, interrupted by quartets and duets.  
John Cage, Cunningham's creative partner from the 1940s until Cage's death in 1992, described Crises as "a dramatic, though not a narrative, dance concerned with decisive moments in the relationship between a man and four women."  
The abstract eyeSpace is filled with balancing and twisting movements by dancers wearing Daniel Arsham's reflective, silver full-body unitards and features "Long Throw," music by David Behrman.

Performance Plus: Post-performance discussion on Friday, December 12, FREE with your performance ticket.

Program and Timing:  2 hours, 3 minutes
--eyeSpace          (40 min.)
--Intermission      (20 min.)
--Crises                 (22 min.)
--Intermission      (20 min.)
--XOVER                  (21 min.)

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