Merce Cunningham Trust

Classes

CUNNINGHAM TECHNIQUE® IN NEW YORK CITY

City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street
Monday – Friday
12:15 – 1:45 pm
Open Level

Taught by Jennifer Goggans, Carol Teitelbaum, Andrea Weber and other former Cunningham dancers.

 

Teaching Schedule

Week of june 26th

June 26  -  Carol Teitelbaum
June 27  -  Lisa Boudreau
June 28  -  Jamie Scott
June 29  -  Brandon Collwes
June 30  -  Lisa Boudreau
 
 

Class Rates

Single Class: $15
Professional Rate: $10
Student Rate: $10
10-Class Card: $100
 
Payment by cash or check only.
 

For more information about classes at City Center contact jgoggans@mercecunningham.org

“Quite simply, my motivation for training in this technique is that it has made me a stronger, smarter dancer for all my other projects. Beyond the functionality as a physical warm-up, the class structure is embedded with ideas central to Cunningham’s artistic legacy.”

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper

“For a working dancer in the city I have yet to find an environment as connected as the one surrounding these classes. The dancers who attend as well as those who teach provide a connection to our field that is incomparable."

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper

AUDITIONS

Changing Steps Fellowship Workshop Audition
Saturday, July 15, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Check-in begins at 12:30pm
 
The audition is for the Changing Steps workshop listed below. If selected, you will receive daily technique classes free of charge. Regular attendance in class is required and rehearsals are at City Center Studios unless otherwise stated. A limited number of MCT stipends will be awarded for this workshop based on the July 15th audition as well as previous participation in classes and workshops. To register for the audition, please complete an application here and send it to rsvp@mercecunningham.org by July 14th.
 
 
Second Hand Fellowship Workshop Audition
Sunday, August 6, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 3:00pm
 
Registration will open on July 5, 2017.

WORKSHOPS

“I feel that the work has challenged me to be precise and efficient. It has challenged me to be rhythmically clear and exact. I really appreciate that there is never anything extra to be 'put on' or added, and I have to find my own meaning in dancing. It feels like each piece I've learned requires me to step into a different realm.”

Benny Olk
Freelance dancer, currently working with Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Moriah Evans and Daniel Roberts; graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts

“People often wonder what is the best way to support and foster the development of emerging artists. I think the workshops are a great solution. What could be better than working to improve technique and learn prestigious repertory under the direction of insightful and interested coaches? It is a great introduction to the NYC dance scene.”

Andrew Harper
Independent choreographer; graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts

NEW YORK

 
Fielding Sixes (1980) Workshop
led by Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
June 26 - 30, 2017
Informal Showing: Friday, June 30th at 4:30pm.
 
Cunningham described Fielding Sixes as, “a country dance in which the formal shapes open out in unexpected ways, the dancers appearing and disappearing and exchanging groups and partners in a fluid manner.” A fast tempo piece, Fielding Sixes includes numerous phrases involving leaping, rapid crossing of the stage, and sudden reversals of direction. John Cage composed the music, and Monika Fullemann’s décor featured three coarse, lace weavings suspended above the stage and a white backcloth with green, purple and red blotches. The women wore white shorts over pale green tights and leotards, and the men dressed in purple tank tops and long pants.
 
No reservation required!
 
 
Cunningham Repertory Workshop
led by Holley Farmer, Carol Teitelbaum, and Jamie Scott
July 12 - 14, 2017
 
Join us for a three-day repertory workshop during which participants will have the opportunity to learn solos and phrases Rune, Scenario, Nearly Ninety and more. Participants should be able to commit to all three days. Rehearsals will be from 2:30pm - 5:30pm each day at Juilliard following the regularly scheduled 12:15 - 1:45pm class at City Center. Technique class will be complimentary and required for participants on the days of the workshop.
 
Wednesday, July 12  -  Holley Farmer (MCDC 1997 - 2009)
Thursday, July 13  -  Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
Friday, July 14  -  Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
 

Open registration, no application needed, please email rsvp@mercecunningham.org by July 13th.

 
Changing Steps (1973) Fellowship Workshop
led by Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
July 31 - August 11, 2017
 
 
Signals (1970) Workshop
led by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2007 - 2011)
August 14 - 18, 2017
 
 
Second Hand (1970) Fellowship Workshop
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
August 21 - September 1, 2017
USA
 
American Dance Festival  -  Durham, North Carolina
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
June 19 - July 29, 2017

INTERNATIONAL

 
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