Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham (April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009) was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years. He is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, artists Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, and costume designer Rei Kawakubo.
Charles Atlas is a film director and video artist. He has been creating work for film, theatre, television, live performance and museums such as the Whitney, NY and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris since the mid 70s. Atlas spent 10 years as film-maker in residence for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He also has collaborated with performers and choreographers such as Philippe Decoufle, Michael Clark, Marina Abramovic, Diamanda Galás, Leigh Bowery. Fennesz and Antony And The Johnsons. Merce Cunningham, David Behrman, Charles Atlas (2), Jasper Johns - Walkaround Time (VHS, PAL). Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Merce Cunningham: Common Time is a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center that is appearing simultaneously at the Walker and the MCA. Merce Cunningham (American, 1919–2009) was a seminal figure in modern dance, revolutionizing performance through his choreography an. Jasper Johns, Set elements for Walkaround Time, 1968. Collection Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2000.
The ordinary movement enhanced by Cunningham becomes a magnificent exploration of the body. Finally, the London Royal Ballet will be tasked with bringing Cross Currents to life. Original production Merce Cunningham Dance Company Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved Endorsed by the Hermès Foundation as part of its New Settings programme. With the support of the manège de chaillot.
1 Walkaround Time 48:00. Choreography – Merce Cunningham Film Director – Charles Atlas Music By – David Behrman Other – Jasper Johns. Notes For nearly an hour.
The title for "Walkaround Time" came from Cunningham’s fascination with computers and technology. When asked about his inspiration for the piece he said, You feed the computer information, then you have to wait while it digests. There’s some argument as to whether the computer is walking around or those who are waiting. The decor for "Walkaround Time" was created by Jasper Johns after the Marcel Duchamp work, "The Large Glass. David Behrman composed the music, and Jasper Johns designed the costumes.
Merce Cunningham’s choreography Walkaround Time is also an artistic and musical work in its own right. When art, music and dance bring random chance and aleatoric composition together, history is unceasingly rewritten. Instantly seized with enthusiasm, Cunningham asked Johns to run it past Duchamp, who was watching Cage play chess with his wife nearby and smoking a cigar. Johns did as he was asked, though somewhat intimidated. Le Grand Verre or La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même had the aura of a masterpiece. A unique piece, unlike reproducible ready-mades (which belong to everybody), its fabrication, between 1912 and 1923, had taken up all the artist’s time.
Video (color, sound). Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Media and Performance. Charles Atlas has 14 works online. Merce Cunningham has 9 works online. There are 2,414 videos online.
Merce Cunningham: Common Time," an exhibition featuring a slate of commissioned performances, will have an opening Feb. 8 – 9 at the Walker and Fe. Merce Cunningham: Common Time" will be presented in thematic sections tracing the 50-year history of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, beginning at the start of Cunningham's career with Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" to his company's eventual world-tour. The exhibit will feature choreography, music and visual art that brings contemporary understanding to Cunningham's legacy.
- Choreography – Merce Cunningham
- Film Director – Charles Atlas
- Music By – David Behrman
- Other [Decor] – Jasper Johns
NotesComplete documentation of the dance "Walkaround time", filmed 1973 in colour by Charles Atlas. "Walkaround time" was choreographed by Merce Cunningham in 1968, with décor by Jasper Johns based on Marcel Duchamp's "The Large Glass" and with music by David Behrman titled "...For nearly an hour..."
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company were at the time of this film: Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Meg Harper, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, Albert Reid, Valda Setterfield, Jeff Slayton & Gus Solomons jr