Wednesday, January 15th: ‘Merce Cunningham: Assemblage’ Screening with introduction by Alastair Macaulay

    Date: 01/15/2014

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Location: Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) (535 W. 22nd St., Manhattan)

    Price: $7, RSVP: rsvp@eai.org


    EAI is proud to partner with the Merce Cunningham Trust (MCT) to present a screening of Assemblage (1968, 58:03 min), a recently rediscovered lost film by legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Unseen for decades, Cunningham’s lush, kaleidoscopic dance film will be reintroduced to the public at EAI in a special screening introduced by Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times.

    A collaboration with director and former dancer Richard Moore, Assemblage features Cunningham dancing with his company in a public happening in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square in November 1968. Cunningham’s riveting performance—conceived from the beginning as a dance staged for the camera—is amplified by Moore’s astonishing special effects and a soundtrack by John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. Rediscovered after Cunningham’s death, Assemblage was transferred from 16mm and colorized by artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas, himself a longtime collaborator of Cunningham’s.

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