Merce Cunningham Trust

Views on Camera 2004


DANCES Views on Stage
LENGTH 25 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS Josh Johnson
James Hall
COLOR/BW Color
MUSIC ASLSP and Music for ____, John Cage
MUSICIANS Christian Wolff and Audrey Riley and William Winant
DANCERS Cédric Andrieux, Jonah Bokaer, Lisa Boudreau, Holley Farmer, Jennifer Goggans, Rashaun Mitchell, Koji Mizuta, Marcie Munnerlyn, Daniel Roberts, Daniel Squire, Jeannie Steele, Robert Swinston, Andrea Weber, Daniel Roberts
Filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Westbeth, New York, NY, August 2004. First public screening, Stanford University, 10 March 2005. This work originated as a dance-for-film directed by Charles Atlas, edited in two versions, "Views on Camera" and "Views for Video" (only the former has had wide distribution). The choreography is in several discrete sections: for men, for women, for couples, a quartet for two women and two men, a trio that consists essentially of three separate solos, and a concluding group section. The music is two existing works by John Cage: "ASLSP (which stands for “as slowly and softly as possible”), for organ or piano, and Music for ___" (the number of musicians on each occasion, playing acoustic instruments). Ernesto Neto’s set is a sculptural object made of rubberized fabric, suspended above the stage. James Hall’s unisex costumes are white skirts with brocaded tops.