Merce Cunningham Trust

Split Sides 46 2005


DANCES Split Sides
LENGTH 40 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS James Hall
Robert Heishman
Catherine Yass
James F. Ingalls
PRODUCER Cunningham Dance Foundation
DISTRIBUTOR EAI & Artpix - Microcinema
VIDEO SAMPLE Click Here
COLOR/BW Color
MUSIC Untitled, Radiohead; Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do, Sigur Ros
DANCERS Cédric Andrieux, Jonah Bokaer, Lisa Boudreau, Julie Cunningham, Holley Farmer, Jennifer Goggans, Rashaun Mitchell, Koji Mizuta, Marcie Munnerlyn, Daniel Roberts, Daniel Squire, Jeannie Steele, Robert Swinston, Andrea Weber
"Split Sides" is a work for the full company of fourteen dancers. The choreography, music and design elements for the dance were each created in two parts, or, in the case of the music, by two bands. British rock band Radiohead and Sigur Ros, an experimental group from Iceland, composed the music. Without using vocals or beats, both groups took a random assortment of sounds and fed them through electronic equipment. The décor is by Robert Heishman and Catherine Yass, and costume design is by James Hall. Each performance varies, as chance procedures decide which of the two versions of each element will be paired together. . Mathmatically, there are thirty-two different possible versions of "Split Sides." The choreography, also in two parts, each twenty minutes in length, was made, as with all Cunningham's dances since 1991, with the use of the computer program DanceForms. There are a number of ensemble (often unison) passages, and also solos, duets that feature much inventive partnering, and trios. Version 45.