Merce Cunningham is widely considered one of the most important choreographers of all time. Throughout his 70-year career, he continued to innovate, helping to drive the evolution of the American avant-garde and expanding the frontiers of contemporary visual and performance arts. His collaborations with artists from every creative discipline yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music and visual art.

As a part of the Merce Cunningham Centenary festivities throughout 2019, NYU Skirball will present In Conversation with Merce, a celebration of Cunningham’s legacy through world premiere commissions of contemporary artists. In Conversation with Merce aims to engage the public in theoretical, practical and experiential approaches to examining Merce’s cultural and artistic contribution. Rashaun Mitchell, a former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer and a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, is curating this program. Netta Yerushalmy, Moriah Evans, and Mina Nishimura will each present responsive works that draw connections of lineage to the celebrated choreographer. The program also features excerpts of choreography by Merce Cunningham, performed by Shayla Vie Jenkins and Keith Sabado.

On April 30 @ 7PM, join us for “After Merce: Choreographers Respond to Cunningham’s Legacy” – with Claire Bishop, Rashaun Mitchell, Netta Yerushalmy, Moriah Evans, and Mina Nishimura – at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts. Free and open to the public, RSVP required

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Skirball Moves programming is generously supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

This program is a part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial

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Sat, May 4 @ 7:30pm

Merce Cunningham
Merce Cunningham by Annie Leibovitz | Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust
Rashaun Mitchell
Moriah Evans
Moriah Evans | Photo Credit: Alex Beriault
Mina Nishimura
Mina Nishimura | Photo Credit: Hazuki Aikawa
Netta Yerushalmy Portrait
Netta Yerushalmy

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Rashaun Mitchell on Merce

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