Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Variations V was composed in 1965 by John Cage and choreographed by Merce Cunningham. Filmed by Stan Van Der Beek in 1966. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company were at the time of this film: Merce Cunningham Carolyn Brown Barbara Lloyd Sandra Neels Albert Reid Peter Saul Gus Salomons JR. Total time: 50 Minutes.
Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham (April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009) was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years. He is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, artists Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, and costume designer Rei Kawakubo.
John Cage Birthday Album, for September 5, 2016.
Variations V is a multi-media work commissioned by The French American Festival and filmed at Studio Hamburg in West Germany. The piece involved dancers, musicians, and technicians, as well as electronic equipment, some especially designed by Bell Laboratories. Twelve sound sensitive electronic poles were placed around the stage. Each pole had a four foot sound radius. The sound was triggered by the dancer's movements and was then altered or delayed by the musicians, John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. Another experimental element in this piece involved the use of film.
John Cage made Variations V in 1965 for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He and David Tudor settled on two systems for the sound to be affected by movement. For the first, Billy Klüver and his colleagues set up a system of directional photocells aimed at the stage lights, so that the dancers triggered sounds as they cut the light beams with their movements. Cage, Tudor, and Gordon Mumma operate equipment to modify and determine the final sounds. The project was also presented at the Philharmonic Hall in New York, 1965.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company, John Cage & David Tudor. Two revealing, recently recorded interviews conducted by The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s archivist David Vaughan with some of the dancers from the 1960s production: Carolyn Brown (founding member/dancer of The Merce Cunningham Dance Company), and Sandra Neels with Gus Solomons. The dancers reminisce over working with Cage and Cunningham, what touring was like at that time, the actual television shoot, etc. Complete, restored, audio recording of the Paris 1966 performance (in stereo, no video).
Merce Cunningham and his little dance company, the oddest of the off-springs from Martha Graham’s school, were received ecstatically by some critics and a small public when they were here two years ago. They returned last night, to the Saville Theatre, to discover if the magic could be repeated. In the interval their productions seem to have gained in complication
- Arranged By [Choreography] – Merce Cunningham
- Cameraman [Filmed By] – Stan VanDerBeek
- Composed By – John Cage
- Executive-Producer – Rudolf Rosthof
- Film Director [Director] – Arne Arnbom
- Mixed By [Mixer] – Love Pfingsten
- Performer [Sound] – David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, John Cage
- Producer – Hansjörg Pauli
- Technician [Sound] – Peter Sonntag
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Variations V was composed in 1965 by John Cage and choreographed by Merce Cunningham.
Filmed by Stan Van Der Beek in 1966.
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company were at the time of this film:
Gus Salomons JR.
Total time: 50 Minutes