February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm
Alla Kovgan’s visually striking documentary/performance film traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery, from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.
The film weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and more, “Cunningham” is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.
“Kovgan’s film succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself. It is well edited, well paced, and … beautifully shot.” —New Yorker