See a selection of iconic works by visionary choreographer Merce Cunningham performed one last time in the UK by the company he personally trained. Three rich programmes bring together six cutting-edge dances spanning 40 years and showcasing groundbreaking collaborations with artists including John Cage, Brian Eno and Andy Warhol.
Playful exuberance abounds in Antic Meet, a piece, like Second Hand, never presented before in the UK. From sensuous Pond Way to the large-scale wonder of Roaratorio, from the floating world of RainForest to the digital majesty of BIPED, each is beautifully danced by Cunningham’s gifted ensemble.
Returning to the Barbican for the eighth time, these are the company’s final London appearances, forming part of the Legacy Tour.
’A colossus of 20th-century choreography.’ The Daily Telegraph
Programme 1: Pond Way (1998), Second Hand (1970), Antic Meet (1958) 5 Oct Performance time: 19.45 Running time: 120 mins / incl intervals Programme 2: Roaratorio (1983) 6, 7 Oct Performance time: 19.45 Running time: 60 mins / no interval Programme 3: RainForest (1968), BIPED (1999) 8 Oct Performance time: 19.45 Running time: 85 mins / incl interval
3 – 9 Oct, Hammerson Room Points of View Drop into an interactive digital installation exploring body, space and movement
6 Oct Post Show Talk In conversation with Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Executive Director Trevor Carlson and members of the company
8 Oct 4pm, Barbican Cinema Ocean PG* A rare screening of the final collaboration between Merce Cunningham and filmmaker Charles Atlas, capturing the 2008 staging of the extraordinary live work, Ocean, at the Rainbow Granite Quarry in Minnesota. Introduced by Trevor Carlson.