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Following Radiohead’s earlier collaboration (October 2003) with Merce Cunningham, Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway has been confirmed as a guest on several nights at Bite ’05 at London’s Barbican Theatre

One choreographer, 6 nights, 6 EVENTs. This remarkable series will be like no other – a celebration of Cunningham’s visionary collaborations with guest visual and musical artists. Each EVENT will contain different choreography, different décor and different musical accompaniment, all conceived specifically for the Barbican stage by ‘the high priest of pure movement’ Daily Telegraph.

Over in the USA you can check the ‘Split Sides’ performance again. Four performances, with music by Radiohead and Sigur Rós are scheduled for June 2 to 5 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. [thanks Kristal]

PRESS RELEASE

Dance at the Music Center

Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Ahmanson Theatre
Four Performances – June 2 to 5

“Split Sides,” created for Cunningham 50th Anniversary,
to music of Radiohead and Sigur Rós

Repertoire also includes “Views on Stage” (June 2 and 3),
and “Fabrications” (June 4 and 5)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performs “Split Sides,” Cunningham‚s extraordinary collaboration with alternative bands Radiohead and Sigur Rós, at the Ahmanson Theatre. The engagement, part of the Dance at the Music Center season, is June 2 at 7:30 PM, June 3 and 4 at 8 pm and June 5 at 2 pm. “Split Sides” was originally presented in October 2003 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as the finale of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the company. Both Radiohead and Sigur Rós, were 2004 Grammy nominees in the Alternative Music category.

The repertoire also includes “Views on Stage” (2004) to music by John Cage, with décor by Ernesto Neto, costumes by James Hall, and lighting by Josh Johnson (June 2 and 3), as well as “Fabrications”(1987), to music by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, with décor & costumes by Dove Bradshaw, and lighting by Josh Johnson (June 4 and 5).

The film version of “Views” will be screened as part of the Dance Camera
West Festival. It will be screened at the REDCAT on June 1.

“Split Sides” features décors by photographers Catherine Yass and Robert Heishman, costumes by James Hall and lighting by James F. Ingalls. The choreography and each collaborative element of the 40-minute work have been developed in two distinct parts, such that, for each performance the order of each element will change depending on a roll of the dice. “Split Sides” continues Mr. Cunningham‚s long history of involving chance operations in the presentation of his work

The audience will witness the most tangible and evident use of chance operations of any work in the 200-plus Cunningham repertoire. For each performance, the order of the two sets of 20-minute music compositions, the two decors, two sets of costumes and two lighting plots will be set by a public role of the dice on stage preceding the performance. For each repetition of the piece, chance will determine which of the possible 32 combinations will be performed.

Tickets for Merce Cunnningham Dance Company are priced from $20 to $55. Advance tickets are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Avenue. Day of the performance tickets go on sale at the Ahmanson Theatre Box Office, 135 N. Grand Avenue, at 6:00 pm for evening performances and at 12:00 noon for matinee performances. Tickets are also on sale through Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 213/365-3500 or 714/740-7878, online at www.ticketmaster.com, and at all Ticketmaster Outlets including Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino.

The Music Center offers 100 discounted tickets to students and senior citizens for each performance in the Dance at the Music Center series. For the Merce Cunningham Dance Company engagement, the Student/Senior Rush Tickets are $10. Student/Senior Rush Tickets must be purchased with cash only, and are available in person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office on the day of performance only. For more details and policies regarding the Student/Senior Rush, visit www.musiccenter.org, call 213-972-0711, or visit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office.

Frei Brothers Reserve (www.freibrothers.com/musiccenter) is the Preferred Wine of Dance at the Music Center.

About Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) came into being in the summer of 1953, when Cunningham took a group of dancers who had been working with him in New York to Black Mountain College, the progressive liberal arts school near Asheville, North Carolina. The group included Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Remy Charlip, and Paul Taylor. John Cage was music director and David Tudor the company musician.

In June 1964, as the company began its second decade, it set off on a world tour that was to last six months, with performances in Western and Eastern Europe, India, Thailand, and Japan. The recognition, by audiences and critics alike, of the importance of the work of Cunningham and Cage and their associates made this tour a turning point in the company‚s history. Extended domestic tours and New York seasons were soon part of the annual schedule, as well as further trips abroad.

John Cage‚s association with the company continued until his death in August 1992, when David Tudor succeeded him as music director. Tudor died in August 1996. In 1995, Takehisa Kosugi was appointed music director.
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From 1954 to 1964, Robert Rauschenberg was the company‚s resident designer. The following decade saw a number of celebrated collaborations with visual artists such as Jasper Johns (who was appointed artistic advisor in 1967), Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Robert Morris. Mark Lancaster succeeded Johns as artistic advisor in 1980, and was in turn succeeded by William Anastasi and Dove Bradshaw in 1984.

Since the 1970s, Cunningham has choreographed a number of video- and filmdances in collaboration with Charles Atlas and with Elliot Caplan. The collaboration with Atlas resumed with the production of the documentary Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance, shown on PBS‚s “American Masters” in December 2001. In Mulhouse, France, in November 2001, three dances from the company‚s repertory were filmed under Atlas‚s direction.

At the conclusion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company‚s 50th Anniversary Year, Cunningham‚s latest work, Split Sides, was presented in the Brooklyn Academy of Music‚s “Next Wave” Festival in October 2003, and again in the Paris Autumn Festival in December 2003.

*** Calendar Listing ***
Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Dates: Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm
Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm

Programs: “Views on Stage,” “Split Sides” (June 2 and 3)
“Fabrications,” “Split Sides” (June 4 and 5)

Theatre: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Tickets: Phone — Ticketmaster Phone Charge – 213/365-3500 or 714/740-7878
Online ˆ www.ticketmaster.com, www.musiccenter.org
In Person — Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave. Ticketmaster Outlets including Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino.
Mail/Fax — Single Ticket (Music Center .pdf printable form) at www.musiccenter.org
Groups — 15 or more, call Connie Nelson at 310/446-4398

Prices: $20 – $55

Information: Online — www.musiccenter.org
Phone — Music Center Dance information line ˆ 213/972-0711

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