From a Merce Cunningham Trust email:
As part of the ongoing Cunningham Fellowship Program, Lisa Boudreau (MCDC 1994 - 2008) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011) have been working with a select group of dancers for two weeks to reconstruct sections of Merce Cunningham's Ocean (1994).
John Cage's original concept of Ocean, in 1991, was for a dance to be performed in a circular space, with the audience surrounding the audience, and the musicians (112 of them) surrounding the audience. It was not possible to realize this project at the time, but a commission for performances in Brussels and Amsterdam in 1994 made it a reality. Andrew Culver composed music according to Cage's concept and David Tudor made an electronic component (Soundings: Ocean Diary). Cunningham's choreography was in nineteen sections, using a chance process based on the number of hexagrams in the I Ching --- 64, but owing to the length of the dance this was doubled, 128. This number of phrases allowed for solos, duets, trios, quartets, and group sections. To accustom the dancers to dancing in the round, Cunningham told them "you have to put yourself on a merry-go-round that keeps turning all the time." Marsha Skinner designed unitards in varied colors; at a certain point the women added dresses. Ocean was first performed in May 1994 at the Cirque Royal, Brussels. It was revived in July 2005 in that year's Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. The last performance was in Rainbow Quarry in Minnesota, September 2008, at which time the piece was filmed by Charles Atlas.
There will be two showings of Ocean on Friday, August 22nd. The 4:30pm showing will be live-streamed online by the NYU Tisch Dance & New Media program here.
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