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

Weeks of october 15th & october 22nd

 
OCTOBER 15 - 19: CITY CENTER
October 15  -  Carol Teitelbaum
October 16  -  Alan Good
October 17  -  Kimberly Bartosik
October 18  -  Lisa Boudreau
October 19  -  Jennifer Goggans

 

OCTOBER 22 - 26: CITY CENTER
October 22  -  Kimberly Bartosik
October 23  -  Alan Good
October 24  -  Carol Teitelbaum
October 25  -  Lisa Boudreau
October 26  -  Jamie Scott
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
Scramble (1967) Workshop Audition
Friday, November 2, 2018
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 3:30pm
Technique class begins promptly at 12:30pm
 

The audition is for the Scramble (1967) workshop listed below. If selected, you will receive daily technique class free of charge. Regular attendance in class is required and rehearsals are at City Center Studios from 2pm - 5pm. A limited number of MCT stipends will be awarded for this workshop based on the November 2 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 October 31.

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

 
Scramble (1967) Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
November 12 - 16, 2018
Studio Showing: Friday, November 16 at 2:30pm & 4:00pm
 
This was a dance for the then company of eight dancers, later augmented to eleven. It consisted of eighteen sections whose order could be changed, or omitted, hence the difference in length. Cunningham performed a clownlike solo (this aspect tended to be left out when other dancers performed it) and a duet with Carolyn Brown, who also had a solo with slow, swimming movements. The music by Toshi Ichiyanagi (Activities for Orchestra) is scored for western instruments; the players perform multiple activities in cued sequences that are scrambled by the musicians in performance. Scramble was the first piece whose designer was selected by Jasper Johns after his appointment as artistic advisor. Frank Stella made a set consisting of strips of canvas in the colors of the spectrum, mounted on vertical frames that could be moved about the stage by the dancers. He specified the colors of the costumes: the men wore jumpsuits, the women leotards and tights.
 
To make a reservation for the showing, please email rsvp@mercecunningham.org with the preferred showing time (2:30pm or 4:00pm).
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