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MCA Cunningham Event

Free (with admission)

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Beacon Event at Dia:Beacon, in the Andy Warhol Shadows gallery. Pictured: Emma Desjardins, Koji Mizuta Photo: Anna Finke, courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved

About

The MCA presents the MCA Cunningham Event, a series of dances performed in the fourth-floor atrium, to mark the opening weekend of Merce Cunningham: Common Time. Drawing from key works that span six decades of original choreography, former dancers of the remarkable Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform Cunningham’s signature approach to dance in non-conventional spaces, alongside trios of live musicians. Two unique Events are performed each day during gallery hours (with limited capacity) and each lasts about 30 minutes.

First developed out of necessity, Museum Event No. 1 (1964) was Cunningham’s devised solution to Vienna’s Museum of the Twentieth Century invitation to the company to perform in a gallery—an unencumbered space without the aid of theatrical illusion. Events have since been performed at hundreds of locations as diverse as gymnasiums and the front of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, and now for the first time at MCA.

Presented in conjunction with Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Schedule

FEB 11–12

  • 1:30–2 pm
  • 4–4:30 pm

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Beacon Event at Dia:Beacon, in the Richard Serra gallery. Pictured: Daniel Squire, Holley Farner, Jennifer Goggans, Marcie Munnerlyn, Silas Riener Photo: Anna Finke, courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved