Merce Cunningham Trust

Native Green 2007

DANCES Native Green
LENGTH 18 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS William Anastasi
Dove Bradshaw
MUSIC gliss in sighs, John King
DANCERS Cédric Andrieux, Jonah Bokaer, Holley Farmer, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Robert Swinston
When choreographing the movement for "Native Green", Cunningham said that he divided the body into four parts: legs, torso, arms, and head. Each part of the body moves in sequential order, transforming the dancers into lanky, bird-like creatures. This playful nature study ends as the dancers pick up a plastic tube that had previously lain at the back of the stage, and cling to it as if they are perched on a tree branch. Cunningham wanted the tube to be so flexible and limber that it appeared to be alive. The set and costume designs were by William Anastasi, who drew directly on the backcloth and the dancer’s leotards in India ink with a fine-point pen. John King composed the music entitled, "Gliss in Sighs".