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LIFE

A love letter to Merce Cunningham
Coming soon
LOve songs about abstraction

We have spent three decades watching and being inspired by Merce Cunningham's work. At the back of our minds there was always the tickling thought: What if Merce had choreographed juggling? Is it possible to create something that, whilst clearly has its roots in the Cunningham universe, is a vector outward to another world? Something new that retains the essence of the original, something which would not have existed without the source but that also has its own raison d’être?

LIFE (creation 2022) will be our attempt at answering some of these questions.

We are elated at having the approval and assistance of the Cunningham Trust and have already started studio sessions with some ex-company members.


ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Jennifer Goggans will work with us on the dance elements: orginally from Owensboro she joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2000. Goggans danced with MCDC until the company's planned closure in 2011 and was named Assistant to the Director of Choreography during the company's Legacy Tour. Goggans has been teaching Cunningham Technique since 2005 and has taught master classes and workshops throughout the United States and across the globe.

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician —vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer— who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin. For LIFE, she will compose an orginal piece, tentatively called Love Songs About Abstraction.

As with 4x4: Ephemeral ArchitecturesMeta and SpringLIFE will see the company produce a high quality and technically ambitious production working with Guy Hoare – a prestigious lighting designer with a list of accolades and awards to his name.


PRACTICAL

Premiere: Spring 2022
Setting: Indoor, mid-scale
Duraction: Approx. 60 minutes


PARTNERS

In collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, New York.