Totem Ancestor 1942
|PREMIERE DATE||October 20, 1942|
|PREMIERE VENUE||Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theatre|
|LOCATION||New York, NY|
|MUSIC||John Cage Totem Ancestor|
|ORGINAL CAST||Merce Cunningham|
Originally created as an addition to a joint concert including Cunningham and two fellow members of the Graham Company, Jean Erdman and Nina Fonaroff. This brief solo by Cunningham was performed on a diagonal line, as he traveled the stage leaping from kneeling and crouched positions. Cage wrote the music once the dance had been completed, and costume design was by Charlotte Trowbridge: a black leotard with staggered grey stripes. This piece was one of the few Cunningham dances to have been recorded in Labanotation, by Lena Belloc.