“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back … nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” —Merce Cunningham
A tribute to Merce Cunningham’s enduring genius, this program specifically designed for the Walker showcases three distinct eras of his career and features some of the premier collaborations with leading artists crucial to his vision. Robert Rauschenberg created set pieces and props for Antic Meet (1958), the absurdist romp that was part of Cunningham’s first Walker performance in 1963. Andy Warhol’s floating silver mylar pillows become part of the choreography in RainForest (1968), and the quietly majestic Pond Way (1998) plays out against a stunning pointillistic backdrop by Roy Lichtenstein. The live music showcases the work of additional landmark collaborators, including John Cage, David Tudor, and Brian Eno.