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Dancing with Merce Cunningham

Author: Marianne Preger-Simon; Stuart Hodes; Alastair Macaulay
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dancing with Merce Cunningham is a buoyant, captivating memoir of a talented dancer's lifelong friendship with one of the choreographic geniuses of our time. Marianne Preger-Simon's story begins amid the explosion of artistic creativity that followed World War II. While immersed in the vibrant arts scene of postwar Paris during a college year abroad, Preger-Simon was so struck by the unconventional dance style of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
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Biography
Named Person: Marianne Preger-Simon; Merce Cunningham; Merce Cunningham; Marianne Preger-Simon; Merce Cunningham; Marianne Preger-Simon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Preger-Simon; Stuart Hodes; Alastair Macaulay
ISBN: 0813064856 9780813064857
OCLC Number: 1050133531
Description: x, 203 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Stuart Hodes --
Part I: Entering the orbit. At the end ; Paris calls ; A new world ; The art world beckons ; Postwar reverberations ; Serendipity opens a new door ; Ties to home ; One step leads to another ; Another cherished new friend ; Return to New York City ; Dancing ; We beginners ; Earlier Cunningham dancers ; Passionate duets ; Our first performance --
Part II: Pure Cunningham. Zen and the art of music ; Chance replaces choice ; Gloomy weather ; Fantasies meet reality ; The quiet years ; Launched ; In addition to dancing ; Our company members and designers ; Journeying to performances ; Breaking new ground ; Our first grand tour ; Ups and downs of the dancers ; Joy in companionship --
Part III. The only way to do it ... Separation must come ; Family wins ; The connection holds ; Leaving New York, but not our bond ; Paris calls again ; Paris, November 1999 ; Paying tribute ; Merce leaves, but his legacy is forever --
Merce Cunningham's dance classes --
Afterword / Alastair Macaulay.
Responsibility: Marianne Preger-Simon ; foreword by Stuart Hodes ; afterword by Alastair Macaulay.

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