Merce Cunningham Trust

Silas Riener performing Changeling (1957) at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, 2015. Photo: Liza Voll

May 10, 2016

On May 18th and 19th the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust will present a program of film and live performance celebrating Merce Cunningham's early collaborations that revolutionized art making in the 20th century. The evening will begin with a screening of the recently rediscovered Cunningham Ballet 1958, which features rare footage of solos and duets danced by Merce Cunningham and Carolyn Brown, with piano music performed by David Tudor and John Cage. Following the screening, former Cunningham dancer Silas Riener will perform the New York Premiere of the reconstructed solo Changeling (1957), and Vanessa Knouse and Benny Olk will perform Suite for Two (1958). Pianist Stephen Drury will play the music for these dances, which are both featured in the film. 

NYC-ARTS, THIRTEEN will air a segment featuring "Merce Cunningham Early Works" on Channel 13, Thursday May 12th at 8:00pm. The program will be streaming online starting Friday at noon.

Find more details about the program on the Baryshnikov Arts Center's website and in The New Yorker magazine.

Read the New York Times' recent articles about the rediscovery of Cunningham Ballett 1958 and Silas Riener's reconstruction of Changeling (1957).

Explore the Dance Capsule for Suite for Five (1956), including the duet Suite for Two (1958).