Live Dance Performances on the Main Stage
All choreography is by Merce Cunningham and staged by former MCDC dancer and curator of the Dancing around the Bride dance program, Daniel Squire. The dancers perform Merce Cunningham's work courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Costumes by Anna Finke.
In the Main Stage, the work of Merce Cunningham is represented through a program of live dance performed by former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). The dance program
consists of twenty-five to forty-minute Cunningham Events, as well as solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. Merce Cunningham's Events—dance performances, usually ninety-minutes in length, consisting primarily of sections excerpted from his repertory—have been described as the dance versions of readymades. Traditionally, Cunningham would cast dice on the day of the performance immediately prior to the rehearsal to establish which readymade sections of dance would appear, in what order, and (in non-proscenium instances) where "front" would be for each section. In this way, Cunningham's methods echoed those of Duchamp, embracing chance and freely recombining and reconfiguring previously existing material to create something new.
In Dancing around the Bride
, Cunningham Events (conceived in relation to Cunningham's ninety-minute Events), as well as the solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets will provide a kaleidoscopic, firsthand experience of Cunningham's sixty-five year career. Daniel Squire—former MCDC dancer of eleven years and the curator of the dance program for Dancing around the Bride—has arranged these performances to draw from several of Cunningham's collaborations with Duchamp, Johns, Cage, and Rauschenberg, such as Suite for Five
Special thanks to Drexel University, the Painted Bride Art Center and the Performance Garage for providing rehearsal space for former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company over the course of the Dancing around the Bride exhibition.