Join former Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) members in the Walker’s McGuire Theater for a series of workshops that explore Cunningham dance technique and practice. Choose one or both sessions. Classes are limited to 30 participants.
Movement in Time and Space: An Introduction to Cunningham Technique®
Tuesday, April 4, 2 pm
This class introduces the technique developed by Merce Cunningham to train dancers for his company. The session begins with a warm-up designed to promote rhythmic accuracy, clarity of form, and spatial acuity. Participants will then learn diverse movement phrases drawn from Cunningham’s choreography. For intermediate/advanced levels. Taught by former MCDC member Andrea Weber.
Using Chance: An Introduction to Chance Procedures as Used in the Work of Merce Cunningham
Tuesday, April 4, 6 pm
This workshop introduces Merce Cunningham’s use of chance procedures as a choreographic tool. Participants learn to use chance operations to invent their own movement phrase and to manipulate that phrase in time and space. At the conclusion of the session, participants will discuss the impact of this approach on their own creative process. Open to all levels of experience. Taught by former MCDC member Dylan Crossman.