The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

Mise en scène by Philippe Parreno

14 February 2013 - 9 June 2013
Art Gallery

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Live music

Sun 26 May and Sat 8 Jun
Art Gallery

On five afternoons during The Bride and the Bachelors, there will be a rare opportunity to listen to live
Cage music by contemporary pianist Eliza McCarthy.

Eliza has performed and worked with some of the world’s leading composers, including John Adams, George Crumb, Heiner Goebbels and Judith Weir. McCarthy will perform a varied assortment of
Cage’s music illustrating the composer’s multifaceted path of discovery.

Sun 26 May
John Cage, Music for Piano 4-19 (1953)
John Cage, Music for piano 69-84 (1956)

Sat 8 Jun
John Cage, Music for Marcel Duchamp (1947)
John Cage, Primitive (1942) for choreography by Wilson Williams
John Cage, A Valentine Out of Season (1944)
John Cage, Bacchanale (1942) for choreography by Syvilla Fort

Free to same-day exhibition ticket holders
Please note that Philippe Parreno's soundscape will not play during Eliza McCarthy's performances.

Live dancing

14 Feb - 9 Jun 2013, Art Gallery
Weekends 12 noon - 5pm
Every Thu 6.30 - 8.30pm

Serving as the metteur en scène (orchestrator), contemporary artist Philippe Parreno has activated time and movement within the exhibition to create a vital way of experiencing the work of the five featured artists. The varied sequence of Parreno’s subtle orchestration of live and pre-recorded sound, arranged in concert with live music and dance performances, enables the exhibition itself to change over time.

Merce Cunningham’s ‘Events’ are performed throughout the duration of the exhibition by students and graduates from London Contemporary Dance School and dancers from Richard Alston Dance Company*.

Often considered the dance versions of Duchamp’s ‘readymades’, performances are made up of sections taken from repertory pieces drawn from collaborations with Duchamp, Cage, Rauschenberg and Johns.Parreno’s ‘ghost dancers’ can be heard as an integral part of the exhibition throughout the week.

The dance component of the exhibition features regular dance performances which include excerpts from Merce Cunningham repertoire:

  • Changing Steps , 1975 (Music: John Cage – Design: Charles Atlas)
  • Scramble , 1967 (Toshi Ichiyanagi – Frank Stella)
  • Sounddance , 1975 (David Tudor – Mark Lancaster)
  • Canfield , 1969 (Pauline Oliveros – Robert Morris)
  • Walkaround Time , 1968 (David Behrman – Jasper Johns)
  • Roaratorio, 1983 (John Cage – Mark Lancaster)

The live dance component of the exhibition is curated by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer and rehearsal assistant, Jeannie Steele and is presented in association with The Place with the kind assistance of Richard Alston Dance Company and London Contemporary Dance School and the generous support of the Merce Cunningham Trust.
*Dancers from Richard Alston Dance Company perform on Thu 2 May, Sat 4 May, Sun 5 May and Thu 16 May

Free to same-day exhibition ticket holders


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