Barcelona

Barcelona

Merce Cunningham

Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Aragó 255
February 4–April 4, 1999

Merce Cunningham’s extraordinary career is virtually inseparable from innovation in American dance, music, and art over the past half century. Among the first to use “chance procedures” as the basis for choreography, he freed dance movement from slavish adherence to the score. This show (which evolved out of Aperture’s Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years [1997]) was organized by Germano Celant, who has been remarkably resourceful in tackling the inevitable difficulties of exhibiting ephemeral art. Choreographic notation, musical scores, costumes, stage sets, and a full video archive of Cunningham performances come together in Barcelona. Feb. 4–Apr. 4; travels to Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Sept. 10–Nov. 7; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Jan.–Mar. 2000; Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna, May 2000.