Merce Cunningham Trust

Pond Way 1998


DANCES Pond Way
LENGTH 21 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS Roy Lichtenstein
Suzanne Gallo
PRODUCER MK2, Charles Gillibert and NADA
DISTRIBUTOR MK2
COLOR/BW Color
MUSIC New Ikebakuro (for 3 CD Player), Brian Eno
DANCERS Lisa Boudreau, Thomas Caley, Holley Farmer, Maydelle Fason, Jean Freebury, Matthew Mohr, Banu Ogan, Jared Phillips, Glen Rumsey, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Robert Swinston, Cheryl Therrien
Filmed at Mulhouse, 1999. Issued on DVD with "BIPED." One of Cunningham’s nature studies, "Pond Way" evokes the trickling affect of water, as the dancers move in wave like motions across the stage; timing the movements so that one begins just after another. The movement was inspired by Cunningham’s childhood game of skimming stones over a pond. Suzanne Gallo designed the costumes–loose fitting white tops and pants. The décor was a patterned backcloth, reminiscent of bubbles of water, based on Roy Lichtenstein's painting "Landscape with Boat". Brian Eno composed the soundscape.