kfw, on 30 October 2011 - 06:15 PM, said:
Jayne, on 30 October 2011 - 05:28 PM, said:
I didn't find much to like in the music, sets or musical connections to the choreo in XOVER.
One distinctive thing about Cunningham's work is that there are
no connections to the choreography.
Music, choreography and sets are created separately.
You can see this in action in the DVD of "Split Sides," a 2003 work comprising two 20 minute dance segments ("A" and "B"), two sets of music (one by Radiohead and another by Sigur Rós), two set designs (one by Robert Heishman and one by Catherine Yass), two sets of costumes (both by James Hall) and two lighting plots (both by James F. Ingalls). The order in which each element is used is determined by an onstage toss of the dice. So, for instance, dance segment B might appear first, to the music of Radiohead, in the first set of costumes, with Yass' set, and the second lighting plot with dance segment A performed to the music of Sigur Rós, in the second set of costumes, with Heishman's set, and the first lighting plot. There are 32 combinations in all, four of which can be seen on the DVD. (Plus the two orderings of A and B in silence, which the DVD offers as an additional option -- a real one in the case of Cunningham, since he choreographed them in silence.)
"Split Sides" isn't my favorite Cunningham work, but the DVD is fun to play around with.