Merce Cunningham Trust

New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
Friday, September 9, 2016
2:30pm & 4:00pm
 
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.
 
Merce Cunningham and Dance Company in Walkaround Time, Photo by James Klosty
 
Walkaround Time premiered at State University College, Buffalo, NY, in March 1968, and remained in the repertory until 1972. The dance was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, commonly known as The Large Glass. As David Vaughan writes, "Cunningham's dance for this set differs from others of his works in that all the elements are related to a central idea -- a kind of homage à Duchamp." Jasper Johns designed the costumes, and conceived and supervised the decor. The seven transparent cubes placed on the stage become as much a part of the dance as the dancers. The music, ...for nearly an hour..., was composed and performed by David Behrman, and incorporated text from Duchamp's writing. In Merce Cunningham's words, "The main thing, I think, is the tempo. Marcel always gave one the sense of a human being who is ever calm, a person with an extraordinary sense of calmness...And I wanted to see if I could get that -- the sense of time."

Premiere Date: March 10, 1968
Premiere Venue: State University of New York, Buffalo
Music: David Behrman - ...for nearly an hour...
Decor: After Marcel Duchamp's The Large Glass, supervised by Jasper Johns
Costumes: Jasper Johns
Lighting: Beverly Emmons
Original Cast: Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, Valda Setterfield, Meg Harper, Albert Reid, Gus Solomons jr., Jeff Slayton
 
For this workshop, there are two showings. The first is at 2:30pm and the second is at 4:00pm. To make a reservation, please email rsvp@mercecunningham.org with the preferred showing time and number of seats to hold (max. 2 per guest). The 4:00pm showing will not be live-streamed but a recording will be available on-demand shortly after the showing.