Merce Cunningham Trust

Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't 1982


DANCES Channels/Inserts
LENGTH 63 minutes
DIRECTOR Chris Dercan and Stefaan Decorstere
DESIGNERS Mark Lancaster
PRODUCER Belgian Radio and Television
DISTRIBUTOR Belgian Radio and Television
COLOR/BW Color
DANCERS Karole Armitage, Louise Burns, Ellen Cornfield, Susan Emery, Lise Friedman, Alan Good, Neil Greenberg, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, Judy Lazaroff, Joseph Lennon, Rob Remley, Robert Swinston, Megan Walker
Video in two parts with the second part being the filmdance "Channels/Inserts," available separately. In the first part, Merce Cunningham and John Cage discuss, in separate interviews, the influence of the other on his own work, as well as their collaboration together in the theater, the relationship between movement and sound and their use of chance operations. Interviews alternate with footage fromearlier works that illustrate their style and aesthetic. Includes excerpts from a performance in Harvard Square of "4'33'" by John Cage, MCDC rehearsals, and Cunningham's solo video dance "Blue Studio."