We have begun celebrating Merce Cunningham’s Centennial and will continue to do so until the end of 2019. During this time, you can see and engage with the work and legacy he left behind by joining one of the many performances or activities that will take place around the world. In this first month, we will see events in Germany, France, Australia, Ireland, and England.
The Centennial will showcase works spanning Cunningham’s more than seven-decade career, along with works by practicing artists that speak directly to his legacy. During the celebration, more than 25 of his dances will be performed by over 30 companies, many of his films will be screened, and students will have the opportunity to engage with his technique, work, and processes.
On April 16, 2019, which would have been Cunningham’s 100th birthday, the Merce Cunningham Trust joins with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Barbican London, to present the largest Cunningham Event ever staged. On each of these stages, 25 dancers will give a unique 75-minute performance consisting of 100 solos choreographed by Cunningham, alongside live music and special set design. Cunningham alumni in these cities will select the solos and stage the Event, overseeing the transmission of the choreography to a new generation of dancers who did not dance with Cunningham.
So much more will be taking place and you can find it all listed in our calendar. Here, you can find all the information about the Centennial as it becomes public.