What My Teacher Taught Me: Anna Chirescu

As a dancer with Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston for the past four years, Anna Chirescu changed the way she approached taking on new challenges. “Robert is an American who works in France, where the culture is very different. He says that French people talk and...

Catch a Rare View of Merce Cunningham in Minneapolis

“Merce Cunningham: Common Time,” an eight-gallery collection of stage sets, costumes, music, film and a series of live performances at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, continues through July 30. The exhibition highlights the prolific postmodern...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Janaki Patrik

In the 1970s, Janaki Patrik, artistic director of The Kathak Ensemble & Friends, studied with Merce Cunningham in New York City. She remembers the subtle way he would give a correction. “I loved the technique. It was pure and spare, but when he taught the class,...

3 Online Archives to Inspire You

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive Check out rare footage filmed at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest running dance festival, dating as far back as the 1930s. From the celebration of the male dancer in Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers to the present-day tap dance pyrotechnics of...

Jacob’s Pillow Celebrates Camille A. Brown

Choreographer and director Camille A. Brown (DT, August 2015) has been awarded the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. In addition to an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, the honor comes with a residency and performing engagement at the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival....

Merce Cunningham’s CRWDSPCR

Daniel Madoff and Andrea Weber in CRWDSPCR (1993) In our January issue’s History: Lesson Plan, we learn about Merce Cunningham, the creator of chance dance. Cunningham’s CRWDSPCR (1993) was created with DanceForms software, a computer program that allowed him to...

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