Merce Cunningham Trust

Changing Steps 1989


DANCES Changing Steps
LENGTH 35 minutes
DIRECTOR Elliot Caplan and Merce Cunningham
DESIGNERS Mark Lancaster
Suzanne Gallo
PRODUCER Cunningham Dance Foundation and La SEPT
DISTRIBUTOR Alexander Street Press
COLOR/BW Color
MUSIC Cartridge Music (1960), John Cage
DANCERS Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Emma Diamond, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Larissa McGoldrick, Dennis O'Connor, Kristy Santimyer, Robert Swinston, Carol Teitelbaum, Robert Wood, Jenifer Weaver, Michael Cole
Video collage of different recordings of "Changing Steps" taped at the Merce Cunningham Studio at Westbeth, New York, April 1974; B├╝hen der Stadt in Bielefeld, Stadthalle in Neuss and Forum in Leverkusen, West Germany, June 1988; and Sundance Institute, Provo UT, and Sunrise Studios, Orem UT, October 1988. Merce Cunningham choreographed "Changing Steps" in 1973. In its original form "Changing Steps" consisted of a solo dance for each member of the company, 3 trios, 2 quartets and 2 quintets, which could be performed in order, and separately or overlapping if space allowed. First public screening, Anthology Film Archives, New York NY, 15 May 1989