Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event

Merce Cunningham Trust

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On the night Merce Cunningham would have turned 100, the Barbican participates in a one-off global event to celebrate the most influential American-born choreographer of the 20th century.

Drawn from around the world, 75 dancers grace three stages to commemorate an artist (1919-2009) whose constant innovation and pioneering collaborations yielded an unparalleled body of dance, music and visual art. In programmes tailor-made for Los Angeles, London and New York, they perform 100 Cunningham solos in each venue, with bespoke sets and live music devised especially for the centennial.

Led artistically by former company members, including Daniel Squire in London, the evening features anthologies of solos spanning Cunningham’s deeply influential, 70-year career. Dancers include Matthew Ball, Siobhan Davies, Thomasin Gülgeç, Francesca Hayward, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt. This exceptional centenary event honours his conceptual ambition, love of technology and, most significantly of all, his vibrant legacy. 

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins, no interval
Age guidance: 10+

Presented by the Barbican

Co-produced by Merce Cunningham Trust with the Barbican, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Center for the Art of Performance (UCLA)

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Dancers taking part in London include: Harry Alexander, Matthew Ball, Elly Braund, Siobhan Davies, Inés Depauw, Daphne Fernberger, Jonathan Goddard, Asha Gracia, Thomasin Gülgeç, Francesca Hayward, Hannah Kidd, Catherine LeGrand, Sophie Martin, Estela Merlos, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Michael Nunn, Rowan Parker, Elsa Raymond, Joseph Sissens, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Toke Strandby, Asha Thomas, Billy Trevitt, Luc Verbitzky, and Ben Warbis.

Christian Wolff will work with musicians Mira Benjamin, John Lely, Anton Lukoszevieze, and Christian Marclay to provide the score. 

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Choreographer Richard Alston reflects on the infuence of Merce Cunningham on his career and the Richard Alston Dance Company. 


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