Merce Cunningham Dance Company
In Merce Cunningham's native state of Washington there is an empty 2,000,000 gallon cistern which provided the setting for the recording of Underground Overlay. It provides a 45 second reverberation, augmented by conch shells of three different sizes sounded at various points in the composition and from various locations in the auditorium. With Cunningham's continued fascination in chance and separating choreography from musical background, the dancers, garbed in black, seemed to move in some strange ritual. Gallo's costumes exhibited little change except where sheen would be reflected in one place on one dancer, the straps of another strung differently over the back or shoulder; nothing overly obvious.