A new piece, to be called Views On Stage , is being assembled en route, to be given its world premiere in Edinburgh on 29 October. Yet our perception of that duet as tense or tender is bound to be affected by its context, which could come in any number of permutations. As the title implies, the piece is divided into two parts. Had the order been different, I doubt we would have left half as satisfied. A strange, intractable story and score, it presents a continuing challenge to its interpreters. Score and choreography now seemed hand-crafted instead of computer-driven.
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Split Sides – Merce Cunningham Dance Company
What I saw in Part A was impersonal choreography, hard to assimilate for dancers and audience alike. At 85, Cunningham is still adept at surprising himself and amazing us. The combinations are determined by whether each die lands odd or even. This two-disc DVD set, by giving viewers the opportunity to alternate soundtracks, presents 4 of the 32 possible variations of the work.
Split Sides – Merce Cunningham Trust
After 20 minutes came a change of set, costumes and sounds. Creation of a Dance Year: Merce Cunningham Siobhan Davies reviews. Yet our perception of that duet as tense or tender is bound to be affected by its context, which could come in any number of sided. Bluebeard’s last wife believes naively that love conquers all, the ballet declares that lust is the true life force.
As the fos implies, the piece is divided into two parts.
For the London premiere at the start of this year’s Dance Umbrella, the dice were rolled by British luminaries including former arts minister Estelle Morris; Val Bourne, the Umbrella’s director; and choreographers Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston. It’s not destined to be a bestselling album.
Rock and roll
It so happened that on the successive nights I went, Part A – rod tough half – was accompanied by a scratchy sampled score from Radiohead; Part B – the easy-on-the-eye one – had luscious music by the Icelandic group Sigur Ros. Partnering is solicitous, sometimes comic: Part B is basically danced in pairs, playful and intimate. But that’s the chance Cunningham takes. Martha Graham In Performance Length: Filmmaker Charles Atlas masterfully captures the dance with Merce close at his side.
An evening with Katherine Dunham Year: A strange, intractable story and score, it presents a continuing challenge to its interpreters. What I heard were snatches of a religious broadcast, electronically distorted, so I was tempted to read the unison ensembles as a congregation struggling to co- ordinate their impulses. This item is available worldwide.
Doris Humphrey Technique Year: Some of Sigur Ros’s invented instruments were played live by three musicians in the pit, including a marimba made of miked toe shoes. MIC-SpSi add to wishlist.
Contact us FAQ About us. And the male solo that mirrors the woman’s one dplit Part A is more arresting, especially as performed by Jonah Bokaer. Usually ships in 3 to 5 weeks. Fortuitously, the dice decided both times that Part B should end with the dancers in silhouette as the music boxes ran sweetly down – chance was indeed a fine thing.
The soundscape, though not as maddening as some of Cunningham’s earlier collaborations, can’t, surely, have entranced even Radiohead fans. The order in which each element appears during a given performance is determined by an onstage dice roll before the performance, captured on full screen for the live audience.
There’s a central duet, as in Part A, but here the couple appear comfortable with each other, their interactions less contrived. Had the order been different, I doubt we would have left half as satisfied. It doesn’t matter to him or the dancers whether a zplit takes place to the chimes of a music box Sigur Ros or a recording stuck in a groove Radiohead. The company now sodes on tour to six cities, performing different choreography in each venue Split Side s was unique to London.