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Title Merce Cunningham : a lifetime of dance / Fox Lorber CentreStage ; a co-production of INA, Thirteen/WNET New York, La Sept ARTE, BBC, and NPS ; directed by Charles Atlas ; produced by Sylvie Blum
Published New York, N.Y. : Winstar TV & Video, [2000]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  792.82092 Cunning Cun/Mca  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Series American masters
CRI American masters.
Summary Documentary on the life and work of pioneering modern dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Cunningham himself, along with his dancers, collaborators, and observers, traces the course of his long career and that of his dance company. Topics include: his special qualities as a dancer; his performances as a member of Martha Graham's company; his choreographic approach and sources of inspiration; his longtime association and collaboration with composer John Cage; his residency at Black Mountain College; the development of his use of chance procedures; the early years of his company; his preference for avant-garde music, and his collaborations with various composers; and his use of technological innovations such as the computer program Life forms. The program is copiously illustrated with excerpts from his works; among those discussed in interviews are Pond way, Beach birds for camera, Totem ancestor, Antic meet, Septet, Story, Winterbranch, Biped, and Occasion piece
Notes Enhanced for 16x9
Commercially released version of *MGZIA 4-7282
Credits Series producer, Prudence Glass ; executive producer, Susan Lacy
Performer Interviewees: Merce Cunningham, with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peg Cunningham, Joyce Holden, Jane Dudley, Carolyn Brown, Remy Charlip, Sally Sommer, Margaret Jenkins, Joan Acocella, Daniel Roberts, Earle Brown, David Vaughan, Robert Rauschenberg, Joanna Gewertz Harris, Richard Alston, Lew Lloyd, Benedicte Pesle, Gavin Bryars, Gordon Mumma, Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons, Jr., Meredith Monk, David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, Paul Kaiser, Shelley Eshkar, Loretta Mears
Interviewers: Charles Atlas, Laura Kuhn
Event Telecast on Thirteen/WNET's American masters series
Notes DVD
Subject Cunningham, Merce -- Interviews.
Graham, Martha.
Cage, John.
Cunningham, Merce. Totem ancestor.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
SUBJECT Pond way (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Beach birds for camera (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Antic meet (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Septet (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Story (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Winterbranch (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Occasion piece (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Life forms (Computer program)
Subject Choreographers -- United States -- Biography.
Choreographers -- United States -- Interviews.
Artistic collaboration -- United States.
Aleatory music.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Author Cunningham, Merce, choreographer, dancer, interviewee
Atlas, Charles, director, interviewer
Kuhn, Laura Diane, interviewer
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- dancer, interviewee
Dudley, Jane, interviewee
Brown, Carolyn, 1927- interviewee
Charlip, Remy, interviewee
Sommer, Sally R., interviewee
Jenkins, Margaret, interviewee
Acocella, Joan Ross, interviewee
Brown, Earle, 1926-2002.
Vaughan, David, 1924-2017, interviewee
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008, interviewee
Harris, Joanna G., interviewee
Alston, Richard, 1948- interviewee
Lloyd, Lew L., interviewee
Pesle, Benedicte, interviewee
Bryars, Gavin, interviewee
Mumma, Gordon, 1935- interviewee
Jowitt, Deborah, interviewee
Solomons, Gus, jr, 1940- interviewee
Monk, Meredith, interviewee
Behrman, David, interviewee
Kosugi, Takehisa, 1938-2018, interviewee
Kaiser, Paul, interviewee
Eshkar, Shelley, interviewee
Blum, Sylvie, producer
Glass, Prudence, producer
Lacy, Susan, producer
Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Institut national de l'audiovisuel (France)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Sept/Arte (Firm)
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.
Nederlandse Programma Stichting.
Fox Lorber CentreStage (Firm)
WinStar TV and Video (Firm)
ISBN 0794200834