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Merce Cunningham: Common Time Performances

Revolutionary artists Merce Cunningham and his partner and collaborator John Cage radically remade dance and music over six decades, transforming our perception of the world. As part of the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time—the largest survey of his work yet mounted—Cunningham-connected movement and music performances will span the Walker’s stages, galleries, and public spaces.

This extensive interdisciplinary show features live dance and music in the theater as well as the galleries, including stagings of Cunningham’s choreography by dancers from the final company and new dance commissions in his spirit. These new works include pieces by Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener, Beth Gill, and Maria Hassabi—all of whom, like Cunningham before them, make individualistic forms of rigorously abstract movement art propelling today’s dance forward.

The Walker’s Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection forms the backbone of the Walker-organized exhibition, exploring the lasting impact of one of America’s most important figures in contemporary art (on view February 8–July 30, 2017).