Merce Cunningham Dance Company | Dance Center of Columbia College | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 3, 3 & 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $38
Two months after his death, Merce Cunningham is still shaking things up. His company's Chicago stand consists of two of his trademark "Events"--site-specific mash-ups of excerpts from his own works, perhaps the ultimate in Cunningham crapshoots. In 1985, Jack Anderson remarked in the New York Times that Events can be "bland or even lulling," though he liked the one he saw. He also commented on Cunningham's own "prowling about" in the piece; obviously, that's not going to happen here, but impishness is part of the choreography's appeal, especially in combination with the company's starkly disciplined technique. The Events to be performed here were assembled by Robert Swinston, Cunningham's longtime assistant, and both feature music by Chicagoan Richard Woodbury and Cunningham's music director, Takehisa Kosugi. Local artist Anna Kunz provides the design on Thursday and Friday nights, while the two Saturday performances feature Robert Rauschenberg's 1994 painting Immerse, created specifically for Events. Chicago Event 1 is presented Thursday night and Saturday afternoon; Chicago Event 2, Friday and Saturday nights.
— Laura Molzahn



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