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Merce Cunningham : After the Arbitrary

Author: Carrie Noland
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2020] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham is known for introducing chance to dance. Far too often, however, accounts of Cunningham's work have neglected its full scope, focusing on his collaborations with the visionary composer John Cage or insisting that randomness was the singular goal of his choreography. In this book, the first dedicated to the complete arc of  Read more...
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Noland, Carrie, 1958-
Merce Cunningham.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
(DLC) 2019013824
(OCoLC)1089890524
Named Person: Merce Cunningham; Merce Cunningham; Merce Cunningham
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carrie Noland
ISBN: 9780226541389 022654138X
OCLC Number: 1143818679
Language Note: In English.
Notes: "Published January 2020"--Publisher's website.
17 color plates, 54 halftones.
Description: 1 online resource (260 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
1. Recycling the Readymade: Marcel Duchamp and the Rendez- Vous in Walkaround Time --
2. Summerspace: The Body in Writing --
3. Nine Permanent Emotions and Sixteen Dances: Drama in Cunningham --
4. "Passion in Slow Motion": Suite for Five and the Photographic Impulse --
5. Bound and Unbound: The Reconstruction of Crises --
6. The Ethnics of Vaudeville, the Rhythms of Roaratorio --
7. Buddhism in the Theatre --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Other Titles: After the Arbitrary
Responsibility: Carrie Noland.
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One of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham is known for introducing chance to dance. Far too often, however, accounts of Cunningham's work have neglected its full scope, focusing on his collaborations with the visionary composer John Cage or insisting that randomness was the singular goal of his choreography. In this book, the first dedicated to the complete arc of Cunningham's career, Carrie Noland brings new insight to this transformative artist's philosophy and work, providing a fresh perspective on his artistic process while exploring aspects of his choreographic practice never studied before. Examining a rich and previously unseen archive that includes photographs, film footage, and unpublished writing by Cunningham, Noland counters prior understandings of Cunningham's influential embrace of the unintended, demonstrating that Cunningham in fact set limits on the role chance played in his dances. Drawing on Cunningham's written and performed work, Noland reveals that Cunningham introduced variables before the chance procedure was applied and later shaped and modified the chance results. Chapters explore his relation not only to Cage, but also Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, James Joyce, and Bill T. Jones. Ultimately, Noland shows that Cunningham approached movement as more than "movement in itself," and that his work enacted archetypal human dramas. This remarkable book will forever change our appreciation of the choreographer's work and legacy.

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"What a terrific addition to the library! Noland is . . . taking the received understanding of Cunningham, and working against its fetish terms of chance, indeterminacy, nonnarrative, and so forth, Read more...

 
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