Merce Cunningham Trust

Antic Meet 1964


DANCES Antic Meet
LENGTH 27 minutes
DIRECTOR Arne Arnbom
DESIGNERS Robert Rauschenberg
PRODUCER Sveriges Radio Televisionen
DISTRIBUTOR Electronic Arts Intermix
COLOR/BW B/W
MUSIC Concert for Piano and Orchestra, John Cage
MUSICIANS John Cage
DANCERS Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Anneliese Widman, Viola Farber, Sandra Neels, Steve Paxton
Performed like a series of vaudeville scenes that overlap, "Antic Meet" consisted of ten playful and comedic numbers. The curtains opened with Cunningham moving among the other dancers as a clown-like figure “who falls in love with a society whose rules he doesn’t know”, and concludes much in the same way, as he attempts to keep up with the dancers, each with their own movements, as they dance diagonally across the stage. Cage provided the musical accompaniment, using a version of "Concert for Piano and Orchestra," and Rauschenberg designed the costumes, which included fur coats and parachute dresses over black leotards.