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Fabrications

2011

Choreographer(s) : Cunningham, Merce (United States)

Dropped by Centre chorégraphique national – Ballet de Lorraine

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Fabrications

2011

Choreographer(s) : Cunningham, Merce (United States)

Dropped by Centre chorégraphique national – Ballet de Lorraine

en fr

Fabrications

Cunningham said that the title refers to both meanings of the verb  “fabricate”: to combine parts to form a whole, and to invent or concoct,  even to lie. Continually inspired by the I Ching, Cunningham’s  choreography for "Fabrications" utilized a chance process based on  sixty-four phrases (sixty-four being the number of hexagrams in the  Chinese book of changes).

Fabrications is an immensely dramatic piece, and the deep connections  between the dancers can be seen throughout the performance. Brazilian  composer Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta wrote the music, which was mixed  in performance by David Tudor. Dove Bradshaw’s costumes were dresses for  the women, and shirts and trousers for the men. Her décor did not  coincide with the “period” sense of the dance--a backdrop taken from  medical and mathematical diagrams.

"Fabrications" was co-commissioned by the Walker Arts Center.

Cunningham, Merce

Born in Centralia, Washington on April 16, 1919, Cunningham began his  career as a modern dancer at the age of 20, dancing for six years with  the Martha Graham Dance Company. He presented his first recital in 1944,  and formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953. The company was a  living canvas for his experimentation and the creation of his unusual  pieces.
 Over his long career he  choregraphed more than 150 pieces and more than 800 Events. Many dancers  studied and worked with Cunningham before founding their own companies,  among them Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs and Karole  Armitage ... He collaborated with many artists; his collaboration with  John Cage had the most influence on his practice.
 Together Cunningham and Cage  proposed a series of radical innovations in dance. The most famous and  controversial of these dealt with the relationship between dance and  music, able to co-exist in the same space and time but needing to be  conceived independently of each other.
 Cunningham continued to  experiment and innovate throughout his life, and he was one of the first  to use new technologies in his own art form. He choreographed and  taught almost until the day he died, July 26, 2009, and received many  awards and accolades. Cunningham’s life and work have inspired the  publication of four books and three important exhibitions; several of  his pieces have been presented by other prestigious companies such as  American Ballet Theatre, the Ballet de Lorraine, the New York City  Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Rambert Dance Company in London and  the White Oak Dance Project.


Source: CCN-Ballet de Lorraine


More information: www.mercecunningham.org

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