Friday, February 4, 2011

Farewell Concert-By Design

Merce Cunningham's troupe played one of its 
farewell performances last night in Durham.

He used the I Ching to determine the order
 in which his dances would be performed and 
often did not tell his dancers until immediately 
before showtime what they would be dancing.

His early stage manager was 
artist Robert Rauschenberg.

Cunningham and his composer collaborator 
John Cage believed that music for dance should 
be composed separate from the choreography.

He believed in using what he described as 
"chance operations" 
in dance, as he felt this would 
lead to new artistic discoveries.