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Chance and circumstance : twenty years with Cage and Cunningham

Author: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This long-awaited memoir is an intimate chronicle of a crucial era in modern dance: the story of Brown's own remarkable career, of the formative years of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and of the two brilliant, iconoclastic, and forward-thinking artists at its center--Merce Cunningham and John Cage. From its inception in the 1950s until her departure in the 1970s, Brown was a major dancer in the company and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brown, Carolyn, 1927-
Chance and circumstance.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)646954858
Named Person: Carolyn Brown; Merce Cunningham; John Cage; John Cage; Merce Cunningham; Carolyn Brown; John Cage; Merce Cunningham
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Brown
ISBN: 0394401913 9780394401911
OCLC Number: 74988403
Description: vi, 645 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Beginnings --
Black mountain --
New York: autumn 1952 --
New York: winter/spring 1953 --
Black mountain II --
New York: autumn 1953 --
On the move: 1954-1955 --
The first touring years --
The lean years --
The VW years --
The end of the beginning --
Connecticut: summer 1958 --
Europe, at last! --
"Success is dust!" --
Moving into the sixties --
Connecticut: summer 1960 --
Europe again: Venice 1960 --
Europe, continued: 1960 --
Troubling times: 1960-1961 --
Connecticut: summer 1961 --
Moving ahead --
Ups and downs --
Some ventures afield --
World tour / part I --
World tour / part II --
World tour / part III --
World tour / part IV --
World tour / part V --
Another beginning --
Full steam ahead --
Where from here? --
A professional company --
Some subsidy at last --
Mixed signals --
The beginning of the end --
Last chapter --
New York: spring 2004.
Responsibility: Carolyn Brown.
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This long-awaited memoir is an intimate chronicle of a crucial era in modern dance: the story of Brown's own remarkable career, of the formative years of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and of the two brilliant, iconoclastic, and forward-thinking artists at its center--Merce Cunningham and John Cage. From its inception in the 1950s until her departure in the 1970s, Brown was a major dancer in the company and part of the vibrant artistic community of downtown New York. She describes the exhilaration--and dire financial straits--of the company's early days, when composer Cage was musical director and Robert Rauschenberg designed lighting, sets and costumes; and the struggle for acceptance of their controversial, avant-garde dance. She explores Cunningham's technique, choreography, and experimentation with compositional procedures influenced by Cage. And she probes the personalities of these two men: the reticent, moody, often secretive Cunningham, and the effusive, fun-loving, enthusiastic Cage.--From publisher description.

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