As a part of the Merce Cunningham Centenary festivities throughout 2019, NYU Skirball presents a celebration of Cunningham’s legacy through world premiere commissions of contemporary artists.
Rashaun Mitchell — a former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer and a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust — curates this electrifying program of new work by Netta Yerushalmy, Moriah Evans, and Mina Nishimura, each presenting a responsive piece that draws 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.
“In Conversation with Merce is about legacy, where it lives boldly, where it lurks secretly, and where it lies dormant and unknown, like some long forgotten rune or talisman of purpose.” Read more in our Indefinite Article, “Rashaun Mitchell on Merce”.
Marc Crousillat, Alberto del Saz, Elizabeth Dement, Tess Dworman, Brittany Engel-Adams, Stanley Gambucci, Colin Heininger, Jennifer Lafferty, Jordan Lloyd, Jenn Nugent, Maile Okamura, Ambika Raina, Antonio Ramos, Myssi Robinson, Stacy Spence, Wallie Wolfgruber, and Netta Yerushalmy Executing Single Movements from Cunningham Rep with Permission from the Trust Organized by Type into a Catalogue Performed in Unison but also Not then Looped and Reduced and Minimized and Boomeranged So That It isn’t Cunningham Rep While Snippets of Merce Talking That are Looped and Reduced with Permission from the Trust Play in the Background And Other Things Transpire Too The More That Goes On The Better
“Netta Yerushalmy has spent the last couple of years with her Paramodernities project engaging with the idea that modernist lineages can be borrowed or claimed from far afield. Her kinetically rich movement funnels many historical influences towards a very contemporary, urgent aesthetic.”
MEET THE ARTISTS
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.
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. mercecunningham.org
Rashaun Mitchell is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2012 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. With his ongoing collaborator, Silas Riener, he received a 2014 City Center Choreographic Fellowship, was selected for LMCC’s inaugural Extended Life Development Program, and was a Wellesley College Artist in Residence. Other awards include a 2007 Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship, a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Art “Grant to Artist,” and a 2011 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for “Sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham 2004- 2012.” He is a Cunningham Trustee and licensed stager of the repertory. Mitchell is currently the Associate Chair of the Dance department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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