12:00pm – 2:00pm
December 14, 2019
Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012

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In conjunction with the December 13, 2019 New York City theatrical opening of Alla Kovgan’s CUNNINGHAM (a Magnolia Pictures release), Judson Arts and Movement Research host CUNNINGHAM: MOVING FROM THEN TO NOW, a one-day-only free program of live performances, discussion, and reflection on Merce Cunningham’s legacy on Saturday, December 14, at the historic Judson Memorial Church, one of the foundational sites of Postmodern Dance and a continuing creative home for innovative artists.

The event will feature a free potluck meal in the tradition of Judson Arts’ free food and art programming, followed by presentations of work by choreographers who were members of the Cunningham company, including Kimberly Bartosik, Neil Greenberg, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, and a panel discussion with these choreographers and filmmaker Alla Kovgan.

All who RSVP and attend this free event will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket to the opening week of CUNNINGHAM at Film Forum.

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Order of Program:

12pm: Free community meal
12:30pm: Performances
1pm: Panel Discussion

About the film:

Alla Kovgan’s CUNNINGHAM makes elegant use of 3D technology to bring to life the work of legendary choreographer and dancer, Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) in this, his centennial year. Not unlike Wim Wenders’s approach to Pina Bausch, the film embraces 3D to great effect, featuring stunning excerpts from iconic Cunningham dances, performed by the last generation of his dancers. On camera, some of his original acolytes (notably Carolyn Brown) accompany archival footage that features Merce, composer John Cage (his partner in life as well as in creation), and their collaborator Robert Rauschenberg who designed costumes, sets, and lighting for such dances as Interscape, Summerspace, and Crises. CUNNINGHAM is a thrilling tribute to a man The New York Times described in his final years as “the world’s greatest living choreographer” and the “American modern dance equivalent of Nijinsky.” – Alastair Macaulay

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