Cunningham

Alla Kovgan’s new documentary Cunningham brings to life the work of visionary choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) in commemoration of his centennial, by way of stunning excerpts from iconic Cunningham dances, performed by the last generation of his dancers.

On camera, some of his original acolytes (notably Carolyn Brown) accompany archival footage that features Merce, composer John Cage (his partner in life as well as in creation), and their collaborator Robert Rauschenberg, who designed groundbreaking sets and lighting for such dances as Interscape and Summerspace.

Leap into leap year with this thrilling cinematic portrait of the man The New York Times described as “the world’s greatest living choreographer.” (93 min.) 

“Succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself.” –Marina Harss, The New Yorker 

 

 

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