Merce Cunningham Dance Company
The late Kennedy Center Honoree and legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham's namesake company returns for the final time on its Legacy Tour with a program presented to live music, including Antic Meet, Squaregame, and Sounddance.
- Dec. 2 - 3, 2011
- Eisenhower Theater
- 1 hour, 45 minutes
- $22.00 - $65.00
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"Mr. Cunningham ranks among the foremost figures of artistic modernism and among the few who have transformed the nature and status of dance theater."
--The New York Times
With these Kennedy Center performances, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company celebrates its late founder's genius and the art form that the legendary choreographer so fervently pursued, before giving its final performance in New York on December 31, 2011. Kennedy Center Honoree Merce Cunningham envisioned this Legacy Tour as a final coming together of his most well-regarded works, including Antic Meet, Squaregame, and Sounddance, the dancers he chose and trained, and the live music that set his creativity into motion.
Cunningham was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his 70 year career. His choreography redefined principles of movement and breath, space and perspective, shifting the conversation on dance and the broader visual arts every time it was performed. Now the Merce Cunningham Dance Company is touring the world for a final time in a campaign to inspire the next generation of modern dancers before taking a final bow.
Performance Timing: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Squaregame (26 min., followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Antic Meet (30 min., followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Sounddance (18 min.)
Explore the Arts: On December 2, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
News and Reviews
“Merce Cunningham’s Legacy: The Dance Goes On”
National Public Radio (August 6, 2011)
- About Merce Cunningham's "Sounddance"
- About Merce Cunningham's "Squaregame"
- About Merce Cunninham's "Antic Meet"
- Excerpt of Charles Atlas's film about Merce Cunningham, A Lifetime of Dance An excerpt of Charles Atlas's film A Lifetime of Dance
- Merce Cunningham Dance Company About the Dancers
- The Merce Cunningham Dance Company on Facebook