MCA Stage: Ballet de Lorraine Works by Merce Cunningham and others
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Opening Saturday, February 18th, from 6PM - 10PM
PRESENTED WITH DANCE CENTER OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
“Sounddance” is one of Merce Cunningham’s most beloved pieces. Created in 1975 in opposition to the uniformity and unison of classical ballet, the work is fast and vigorous, a kind of organized chaos. It is set on a stage divided by a plush gold curtain compressing the space, and driven by a powerful score by musician-composer David Tudor.
Inspired by the 64 hexagrams in the “I Ching” (Chinese book of changes), Cunningham created “Fabrications” by combining 64 dance phrases to form a deeper interconnected whole. The multidisciplinary collaboration features live music by the original composer Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, and striking visual design by artist Dove Bradshaw.
Ballet de Lorraine’s “Untitled Partner #3” combines dance and film in a performance-installation, searching for but never finding equilibrium between id and ego.
Presented in conjunction with “Merce Cunningham: Common Time”
Running time: 80 minutes, with one intermission
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