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costumes for Summerspace

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COSTUMES: Nylon v-neck (for women) and scoop neck (for men) long sleeve leotards. Footless seamed tights, worn underneath the leotards (women) and over, with the elastic waistband rolled over (men). Some of the leotards and tights bear a Capezio brand label. FIRST PERFORMANCE: Eleventh American Dance Festival, Connecticut College, New London, CT; August 17, 1958. FIRST NEW YORK CITY PERFORMANCE: Phoenix Theatre; February 16, 1960. ORIGINAL CAST: Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Cynthia Stone, Marilyn Wood, Remy Charlip. ADDITIONAL HISTORY: Summerspace was also revived and remounted on the Theatre du Silence (1976, La Rochelle, France) and 3 ballet companies: New York City Ballet (1966); Cullbergbaletten (1967, Stockholm, Sweden); Boston Ballet (1974). MUSIC: Morton Feldman, Ixion (commissioned)
painted nylon leotards, painted tights
Credit Line
Walker Art Center, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection, Gift of Jay F. Ecklund, the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, Agnes Gund, Russell Cowles and Josine Peters, the Hayes Fund of HRK Foundation, Dorothy Lichtenstein, MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation, Goodale Family Foundation, Marion Stroud Swingle, David Teiger, Kathleen Fluegel, Barbara G. Pine, and the T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2011
Accession Number
.1 attributed to Merce per CDF packaging .2 attributed to Merce per CDF packaging .3 CB on inside leotard (Carolyn Brown) .4 CB on inside tights (Carolyn Brown) .5 CB on inside leotard (Carolyn Brown) .6 VF on inside leotard (Viola Farber) .7 VF on inside tights (Viola Farber) .8 No inscription .9 HF on inside leotard .10 HF on inside tights
Artwork © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation