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Members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing Sounddance. (Photo by Sveeva Vigevno/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)
5PM  Friday, April 27, 2012
OTHER DATES: 7PM, FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Yale Dance Theater 2012: The Legacy of Merce Cunningham

Yale Dance Theater

Location is wheelchair accessible
Yale Dance Theater (YDT) proudly announces its spring 2012 project on The Legacy of Merce Cunningham.

Over the course of the spring semester, rehearsal directors spanning three generations of Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni will work with YDT members on the reconstruction of Cunningham dances. Directors Jennifer Goggans, Meg Harper, Patricia Lent, and Neil Greenberg will stage a fifteen-minute excerpt of ROARATORIO, a dance that premiered in Lille, France in 1983, with music by John Cage. Additionally, they will create a minEvent, an assembly of choreographic excerpts from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 00s.

Through these reconstructions, YDT will investigate the layers of generational knowledge that constitute the Cunningham legacy. Our research focuses on how the shifting interests and methods of a choreographer over time impact dance preservation. What are the differences and overlaps in Cunningham’s approach to choreography over a forty-year span? How did his work with dancers in the studio change over time? How might a “multi-vocal” approach that synthesizes generational knowledge posit a new model for dance reconstruction?

Websites: The Legacy of Merce Cunningham on Yale Drama Coalition, Yale Dance Theater Blog
Open to: General public
Admission: Free but register in advance
Instructions: Reserve free tickets through the YaleDramaCoalition.org
Sponsor: Dance Studies at Yale, Theater Studies and Alliance for Dance at Yale
Contact Information: Theater Studies Program, may.brantley@yale.edu, 203-432-1310

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Calendar of Opening Days
FULL CALENDAR
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
MONDAY, APRIL 23
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
SATURDAY, APRIL 28