PRINT December 2012

Lynne Cooke

Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Park Avenue Armory Events (2011). Photo by Anne Finke. Image courtesy Cunningham Dance Foundation.

1 Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Park Avenue Armory, New York) It was at once deeply poignant and deeply exhilarating to see Cunningham’s dancers return to New York, after a two-year world tour, for a final series of “Events” before the company disbanded forever. Though irreparable, the loss of the troupe is partially offset by the unexpectedly rich and inventive ways in which the legendary choreographer’s legacy is being nurtured—not least by the Merce Cunningham Trust, which is supporting the restoration and revival of neglected works in his repertory. A groundbreaking iPad app released this year has also made accessible a wealth of hitherto unavailable archival photographs and videos, rounding out the material in the 2005 book Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years by the company’s veteran archivist, David Vaughan.

2 Chantal Akerman (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium;

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