Merce Cunningham Trust

March 20, 2017
The dance community mourns the loss of Trisha Brown, who died this past weekend. MCT Executive Director Ken Tabachnick shares some words. Plus a link to an article regarding her legacy by NYT Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay.
March 9, 2017
CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston will present a full evening of Cunningham work at their Joyce season from April 4 - 9, 2017. Place (1966), How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), and Inlets 2 (1983) will be performed each evening with a curtain chat on Wednesday, April 5. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
March 1, 2017
Summerspace (1958), staged by Banu Ogan (MCDC 1993 - 2000), will be performed by the Lyon Opera Ballet as part of the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance (PTAMD) season at Lincoln Center on March 19, 21, 23, and 25. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Use discount code: LOB25.
February 14, 2017
Read Alastair Macaulay's review of the Merce Cunningham: Common Time Exhibition!
January 13, 2017
Catch Merce Cunningham: Common Time at the Walker Art Center and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago opening in February 2017.
November 2016
Meet the new Executive Director for the Merce Cunningham Trust.
August 19, 2016
The summer workshop season ends with a Walkaround Time Fellowship Workshop led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and Meg Harper (MCDC 1968 - 1977). The two-week long workshop will culminate in two studio showings performed by a select group of dancers on September 9th.
August 18, 2016
Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011) is reconstructing Inlets 2 with assistance from Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) as part of the Cunningham Fellowship Program. The two-week long workshop will culminate in two studio showings performed by a select group of dancers at the end of the month.
July 12, 2016
As part of their free programs and exhibitions, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents Cage Encounters: From the Merce Cunningham Sound Archive.
June 1, 2016
Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993) is working with a select group of dancers in a week-long workshop reconstructing sections of Inventions (1989). There is one showing at 4:00pm at City Center Studios on Friday, June 10th. No reservations are required.
May 27, 2016
Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011) has worked with a select group of dancers in a week-long workshop reconstructing TV Rerun (1972). There is one showing at 4:30pm at City Center Studios on Friday, May 27th. No reservations are required.

May 10, 2016

The Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust present "Merce Cunningham Early Works."

May 4, 2016
On Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm, Danspace Project has invited scholar Abigail Sebaly to discuss her present day retracing of the original itinerary of Merce Cunningham Dance Company's seminal 1964 world tour.
April 25, 2016
Read two reviews of the performances by Silas Riener and the Los Angeles Dance Project in the Hammer Museum exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.
April 8, 2016
L'Opera de Lyon will premiere a new staging of Winterbranch (1964) on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
April 4, 2016
2016 Cunningham Fellows Julie Cunningham (MCDC 2004 - 2011) and Daniel Squire (MCDC 1998 - 2009) are reconstructing Fluid Canvas for young professionals and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and Central School of Ballet. The two-week workshop will culminate in a showing on Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm.

March 25, 2016

Andrea Weber and Patricia Lent conclude their month-long residency of reconstructing Suite for Five and Fabrications at Baryshnikov Arts Center with a studio showing at City Center Studios on March 31st.

Details and reservations...

March 14, 2016

This month,  the Merce Cunningham Trust conducts workshops of Fabrications (1987) and Suite for Five (1957) in the Baryshnikov Art Center’s John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio.


February 12, 2016

Ellen Cornfield and Andrea Wever's workshop of Squaregame (1976) will conclude with two studio showings on Friday, February 19 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. The 4:30pm showing will be live-streamed online here.


February 3, 2016

The Hammer Museum will host in-gallery performances of Cunningham works during its exhibition of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.


January 19, 2016

The final week of the Institute of ICA Boston’s exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 will feature performances of Cunningham’s 1957 solo Changeling, performed by Silas Riener, as well as excerpts of Cunningham dances performed by students of the Boston Conservatory.


December 26, 2015

The New York Times recently included Cunningham dances in its Best Dance of 2015. 

Read the article...


December 23, 2015

Scholar in Residence Nancy Dalva has uploaded nearly one hundred archival and contemporary films and videos showcase the range of Cunningham’s work and technique.


December 18, 2015

The Baryshnikov Arts Center names Studio 6A "The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio" and announces its first Cage Cunningham Fellow.


August 7, 2015
Victoria Grempel, a fourth-year dance student at The Juilliard School, describes her experience dancing in Merce Cunningham's BIPED (1999).
Read the full article here.
June 26, 2015
As part of the ongoing Cunningham Fellowship Program, Neil Greenberg (MCDC 1980 - 1986) and Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993) are conducting the first Trust workshop in composition. This two-week workshop will culminate in a studio showing on Friday at 4:00pm.

June 22, 2015

As part of the exhibition Anywhere in Time: A Conlon Nancarrow Festival, an archival film of Merce Cunningham's Crises (1961) will be shown at the Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater at the Whitney Museum.
May 14, 2015
Doubles (1984) will be the first workshop of the 2015 Spring and Summer Cunningham Workshop Season at City Center Studios. Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993) is rehearsing with a select group of dancers for three weeks to reconstruct the complete work. This workshop will culminate in two studio showings as well as a performance at the 92nd Street Y.
April 12, 2015
In an article from the Indian publication The Tribune, B. N. Goswamy, a leading art historian, shares his interpretations on some of Merce Cunningham's drawings and paintings after meeting with Abigail Sebaly, a Merce Cunningham Research Fellow.
Read the full article here.
May 2015 - August 2015
The Merce Cunningham Trust is happy to announce the summer workshop schedule including four Fellowship Workshops and one Special Project. Each one is either two or three weeks long and will culminate in a studio showing at City Center Studios.
Abi Sebaly is currently undertaking a major independent research project on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s 1964 world tour, initially supported in part by the the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Getty Research Institute, the John Cage Research Grant from the Northwestern University Library, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House’s writers residency in Taos, New Mexico.
Read her full essay on Aeon here.
In 1997 I had invited Merce Cunningham to collaborate with Shelley Eshkar and me on a project that we had already roughly conceived — a virtual dance installation called Hand-drawn Spaces. The following year, Merce returned the favor by inviting us into his process. Merce had started choreographing a new full-length dance, which he had decided to call BIPED, a name of special significance to us.
Essay by Paul Kaiser
February 19, 2015
MCT Director of Licensing Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993) and former Cunningham dancer Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011) speak alongside SPSBC director Jennifer Howard and member Ian Palmer on the SPSBC MinEvent as well as Merce's philosophies regarding dance and music.
The Merce Cunningham Trust is delighted to announce the performance of five of Merce Cunningham's works in New York City this spring: Cross Currents (1964) by the New York Theater Ballet, EVENT by Compagnie CNDC - Angers/Robert Swinston, BIPED (1999) by the Juilliard School, RainForest (1968) by the Stephen Petronio Company, and Doubles (1984) by dancers from the MCT Fellowship Program. Don't miss out on these opportunities to see Cunningham choreography in NYC!
January 5, 2015
The Merce Cunningham Trust (MCT), founded to preserve and extend the artistic legacy of the choreographer Merce Cunningham, announces major gifts to two significant arts organizations. The Trust has awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) $375,000 to establish and endow the Merce Cunningham Award, and the Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC) $250,000 to support the establishment of The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio, as well as the creation of a Cage Cunningham Fellowship.
December 2014
Poem by Lisel Mueller
November 2014
Mode Records new pressing of John Cage's "Variations V," filmed for German TV in 1965 with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma, and visuals by Stan VanDerBeek and Nam June Paik.
John Cage's idea for Ocean was that the dance be presented in the center in a circular space with the audience surrounding the dancers and the musicians further surrounding the audience on all sides so that the sound would come from multiple directions, the 112 musicians being separated around the space. There is no conductor. John Cage had discussed the project with Andrew Culver, who had put his ideas into the computer; this led Andrew to believe that the piece could be completed, after John Cage's death in 1992.
Text by Jennifer Goggans
Teacher, Staging & Studio Coordinator
Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and Daniel Madoff (2007 - 2011), along with musician and composer Arthur Solari, spent three weeks teaching in China at the acclaimed Beijing Dance Academy during late May and June 2014.
Adapted from text by David Vaughan, Archivist Emeritus MCDC
For two or three years, Cunningham and Cage had been receiving invitations to visit India, from the Sarabhai family, and Japan, from the Sogetsu Art Center, Tokyo. Cage had known Gita Sarabhai for some twenty years; he had taught her about contemporary Western music in exchange for lessons on Indian music. The invitation from the Sogetsu Art Center came about through Toshi Ichiyanagi, whose music Cunningham had used for Story and who sometimes played for classes at the Cunningham Studio. (He was at that time married to Yoko Ono.)
November 4, 2013
The Merce Cunningham: 65 Years application has been updated and is now compatible with iOS 7 for only $4.99. Version 1.1, released on October 17, features quicker rendering, allowing for better access to over 40 dance excerpts, interviews with former company archivist, David Vaughan, over 200 photographs, and more.
For more information on the app or the update, click here.