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Tue, Jan 21, 2020
For this WexCast, we connected with three professors in Ohio State's Department of Dance for a uniquely informed introduction to the work of legendary choreographer (and Wexner Prize winner) Merce Cunningham, in advance of screenings of the new documentary Cunningham January 24–26. David Covey, Karen Eliot, and Daniel Roberts are all past members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Together, they discuss how Cunningham broke new ground in modern dance, how he worked with some of the 20th century's greatest artists, and what he expected from his dancers. For those who don't know much of Cunningham's work, this is a fascinating companion piece to the documentary. And if you'd like to hear more, the three professors will hold a panel discussion about Cunningham following the 4 PM screening on Saturday, January 25.
Image of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg, and performance image of Cunningham courtesy Magnolia Pictures