“Possibilities in dance are bound only by our imagination and our two legs.” —Merce Cunningham
A pillar of modernism and America’s most influential living choreographer, Merce Cunningham has prized invention over convention for more than half a century. Using elements of chance in his choreographic process and its musical accompaniment, and employing computers to create an unending array of movement possibilities, Cunningham has consistently created new languages for dance. His eclectic taste for unexpected musical partnerships is evidenced in Split Sides, a collaboration with Icelandic band Sigur Ros and Britain’s Radiohead. This engagement also showcases past and recent Cunningham creations Native Green (1985) and Suite for Five (with music by John Cage and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg) inviting us to marvel anew at the infinite inventiveness of dance as abstract movement. A free Performance Preview with company members takes place at 7:15 pm in Northrop’s Studio 4.
Copresented with Northrop Dance Season.