Merce Cunningham Trust



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 18th

June 18  -  Jean Freebury
June 19  -  NO CLASS
June 20  -  Jennifer Goggans
June 21  -  Andrea Weber
June 22  -  Lisa Boudreau

Class Rates

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

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“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




“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


How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965) Workshop
led by Daniel Roberts (MCDC 2000 - 2005)
June 25 - 29, 2018
Merce Cunningham in HTPKFR, Photo by James Klosty 1966
Performed before the unadorned back wall of the stage at the Harper Theater in Chicago, in 1965, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run had an athletic theme, without any specific references to games. The choreography kept the dancers constantly in motion, never staying in a given place for very long, with two or three things simultaneously occurring on stage at all times. The dancers wore tights and sweaters that they chose themselves, and the music was by John Cage, and included stories from Silence and A Year from Monday.
Rune (1959) Fellowship Workshop
led by Banu Ogan (MCDC 1993 - 2000)
July 2 - 13, 2018
Merce Cunningham in Rune, Photo by Keith McGary 1959
This piece was the realization of Cunningham’s wish to create a dance without a fixed order. By using chance procedures, the dance would change from performance to performance. Rune explores space in a layered way, with independent events happening in the foreground, middle, and rear of the stage, all simultaneously viewed by the audience. The music first used for Rune was Christian Wolff's composition for 6 or 7 players (alternately titled Music for Merce Cunningham). For a later revival of the dance, because 6 or 7 players were not available, John Cage and David Tudor played Wolff's Duo for pianists I & II. When the dance was again revived, in the 1990s, Wolff's Or Four People was used. Cage wrote that the score, “sometimes restricts the performers to particular notes, and at other times allows them freedom of choice in terms of all the aspects of sound.” Rauschenberg designed the costumes, which were leotards and tights dyed in various shades of brown.
Inlets (1977) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
July 23 - August 10, 2018
Rehearsal Schedule
July 23 - 27 at City Center Studios
July 30 - August 3 at Juilliard
August 6 - 9 at Juilliard
August 10 at Baryshnikov Arts Center