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. mercecunningham.org
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