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Revolutionary Choreographer Merce Cunningham Dies

Laurie says:

Merce Cunningham one of the transformative choreographers of modern dance died this week at 90.

The NY Times has a superb obituary that discusses his life and work.

Over a career of nearly seven decades, Mr. Cunningham went on posing “But” and “What if?” questions, making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography. He went on doing so almost to the last.


Mr. Cunningham ranks among the foremost figures of artistic modernism and among the few who have transformed the nature and status of dance theater, visionaries like Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Martha Graham and George Balanchine.

…In his works, independence was central: dancers were often alone even in duets or ensembles, and music and design would act as environments, sometimes hostile ones. His movement — startling in its mixture of staccato and legato elements, and unusually intense in its use of torso, legs and feet — abounded in non sequiturs.

I’ve very glad that I saw his company perform on several occasions  and I love this quote from him.

Mr. Cunningham often spoke and wrote movingly about the nature of dance and would laugh about its maddening impermanence. “You have to love dancing to stick to it,” he once wrote. “It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”

Cid Pearlman/California Touring Project Dance in LA

Laurie says:

Cid Pearlman’s dance work “Fire Sale” will be in the Los Angeles premiere  of the California Touring Project this weekend.

promo piece for dance show

As many of you know, Cid is my daughter. I was struggling to describe her work and realized that this quote from California Dance Network does it better.

With a movement vocabulary that shifts between a rough-and-tumble physicality, intricate partnering, and moments of delicate touch, Cid Pearlman’s choreography subtly disrupts traditional notions of desire, gender, and friendship.

And here’s a critic’s comment on the California Touring Project:

“From beginning to end, words and movement flow seamlessly within the California Touring Project. Witty and provocative, the project presents physical storytelling that leaves you with a sense of compassion and humanity.” –Kris Eitland, Sandiego.com

The Los Angeles Premiere of California Touring Project brings together casebolt and smith (Los Angeles), Cid Pearlman (Santa Cruz), Susan Rose (Los Angeles) and Yolande Snaith (San Diego) to present a collection of dances that play between order, disorder, power and desire. Presented in the round, each work inhabits an intimate landscape creating playful and unexpected shifts of perspective and meaning. Now in its second year, The California Touring Project was created as a way to build community and create touring opportunities in these times of diminished resources for dance. The response received from audiences and presenters to the project has been extraordinary. Past performances include CounterPulse San Francisco and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Diavolo Dance Space, 616 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 8pm
Sunday, November 23 at 6pm
Tickets are $20/$16 (students, seniors, dance professionals)
Available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door (cash or check only)

If you’re in the L.A. area check it out.