Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Split Sides

Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Split Sides

     
 

Modernist choreographer Merce Cunningham broke new ground in dance by devising innovative methods of staging sequences. One of his most unique methods involved the employment of "chance procedures" to determine which movements to interpolate within a particular dance. This peaked (and grew most radical) with Cunningham's authorship of the 2003 "Split Sides." The piece…  See more details below

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Modernist choreographer Merce Cunningham broke new ground in dance by devising innovative methods of staging sequences. One of his most unique methods involved the employment of "chance procedures" to determine which movements to interpolate within a particular dance. This peaked (and grew most radical) with Cunningham's authorship of the 2003 "Split Sides." The piece itself is divided into two twenty-minute movements. In each movement, two different options exist for set design, two for costumes, two for music, two for lighting and two choreography, meaning that the final product can emerge in a multitude of ways. Cunningham devises the particular combinations seen here with several on camera dice rolls prior to each movement. A filmed record of four versions of "Split Sides" appears in this release.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0880198098092
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
Microcinema
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:00:00

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