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Merce Cunningham Week-end

Théâtre de la Ville

Festival d'Automne à Paris

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As part of Festival d'Automne &  Merce Cunningham Week-end, Irish Modern Dance Theatre presents:

Totem Ancestor

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Staged by: Ashley Chen, after the 2013 staging by Daniel Madoff

Music: John Cage

Dancer: Kevin Coquelard

Costume design: Charlotte Trowbridge

 

Totem Ancestor was originally created as an addition to a joint concert including Cunningham and two fellow members of the Graham Company, Jean Erdman and Nina Fonaroff. This brief solo by Cunningham was performed on a diagonal line, as he traveled the stage leaping from kneeling and crouched positions. John Cage wrote the music once the dance had been completed, and costume design was by Charlotte Trowbridge: a black leotard with staggered grey stripes. This piece was one of the few Cunningham dances to have been recorded in Labanotation, by Lena Belloc.

 

Solo from Second Hand

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Staged by Ashley Chen, with coaching by Robert Swinston

Music: John Cage               

Dancer: Ashley Chen

 

In 1944, Cunningham choreographed a solo called Idyllic Song to the first movement of Erik Satie’s Socrate. Twenty-five years later, in 1969, he choreographed the other two movements, adding a duet to the second movement and a group dance to the third. Satie’s publisher refused permission for his two-piano arrangement, but John Cage composed a new piece for one piano, using the structure and phraseology of Satie’s music, and chance operation to change the continuity. His version was titled Cheap Imitation, inspiring Cunningham to name his ballet Second Hand. 

John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg © Douglas Jeffrey

Totem Ancestor & Solo from Second Hand

Sat 5 Oct, 5pm | 8pm

Sun 6 Oct, 3pm   

Théâtre de la Ville at Espace Cardin

1 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris

www.theatredelaville-paris.com

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