Merce Cunningham on PBS!
Posted 19 November 2001 - 02:37 PM
It's Merce's time to be honored by AMERICAN MASTERS:
Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance will have its premiere on Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).
The film is directed by Charles Atlas and features a nearly a dozen excerpts from the
repertory, including footage from Merce's own collection of his early (and rarely seen) works. Naturally, there are lots of interviews - with the
expected colleagues, like Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Vaughan, Carolyn Brown, Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage - as well as with Merce's long-time
friends from back home in Centralia, Washington and from his many early supporters in Europe.
I haven't screened this but I'd strongly recommend it, especially for those who haven't had the opportunity to see much Cunningham. Like him or loathe him, he is of monumental importance to dance -- and ballet -- in the past 50 years. Like Balanchine, his breath is on everything. He's a delightful person, too -- rather elfin, not what I expected, which made him all the more delightful.
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