Merce Cunningham Trust

Silas Riener performs Merce Cunningham’s Changeling at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Excerpted from photo by Liza Voll. Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

L.A. Dance Project and Silas Riener to perform Cunningham works for the Hammer Museum's exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

February 3, 2016

On February 20th Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 will open at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, introducing the comprehensive exhibition of Black Mountain College to west coast audiences. Curated and debuted by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last year, the exhibition presents art works and archival materials complemented by periodic live music and dance performances that illustrate the interdisciplinary approach to art making and pedagogy of the avant-garde school where both Merce Cunningham and John Cage taught and performed.

The exhibition’s move to the Hammer Museum will continue these in-gallery pairings of objects and performance, with Silas Riener performing the recently reconstructed 1957 Cunningham solo Changeling, and dancers from L.A. Dance Project performing a new Event arranged and staged by Riener.

The Event, which will comprise excerpts from Changeling, Springweather and People (1955), Suite for Five (1955), and other early works by Cunningham, will be performed at the exhibition’s opening on February 20th.  L.A. Dance Project has previously danced Cunningham’s Winterbranch (1964), and former Cunningham dancer Banu Ogan recently became the company’s rehearsal director.

Riener will perform Changeling on three weekends: March 18 - 22, April 15 - 17, and April 22 - 24 at noon and 2pm each day.  In March, he will share a program with Polly Motley who will dance Glyph, a solo choreographed by Katherine Litz at Black Mountain College in 1951.  In April, Riener’s performance of Changeling will be paired with the L.A. Dance Project Event.

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 will be on view at the Hammer Museum February 21st -May 15th.

Find details on the Hammer Museum’s performances related to Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.

Read the New York Times’ review of Riener’s Changeling performance at ICA Boston.

Explore the Merce Cunningham Trust’s Dance Capsules for Changeling and Suite for Five.