Merce Cunningham Trust

Walkaround Time 1972

DANCES Walkaround Time
LENGTH 48 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS Jasper Johns
DISTRIBUTOR Electronic Arts Intermix
MUSIC ...for nearly an hour. . ., David Behrman
DANCERS Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Ulysses Dove, Douglas Dunn, Meg Harper, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Chris Komar, Sandra Neels, Chase Robinson, Valda Setterfield
A film record of the Cunningham repertory piece, Walkaround Time was filmed in two parts. Part I was filmed in Zellerbach Auditorium at the University of California, Berkeley (1969) with one hand-held camera. Part II was filmed several years later at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris (1972) with three cameras and was made to be shown in a two-screen presentation requiring two precisely synchronized projectors. The use of two screens was an attempt to approximate the experience of the dance on stage. The dance takes into account some of the ideas Marcel Duchamp was concerned with - transparency, motion, the role of the spectator, the way the eye sees. The transparency of the set allowed for a part of the dance action to be seen through the decor. Decor by Jasper Johns after Marcel Duchamp's The Large Glass, in the Philadelphia Museum. John Mueller in Dance Magazine said: "I think Walkaround Time is purely and simply a masterwork. . . The film shows what Cunningham is all about. . .it can make lifetime converts." Edited in 1973. Re-edited 2012.