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Call for Dancers: Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances

The Walker Art Center is seeking a core group of dancers to participate in the reconstruction and showings of Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances (1963). To celebrate Merce Cunningham: Common Time, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Patricia Lent and Jamie Scott will conduct movement workshops for community dancers, culminating in outdoor public showings during the […]

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Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College. Photo: Hazel Larsen Archer

The Walker Art Center is seeking a core group of dancers to participate in the reconstruction and showings of Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances (1963). To celebrate Merce Cunningham: Common Time, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Patricia Lent and Jamie Scott will conduct movement workshops for community dancers, culminating in outdoor public showings during the opening festivities of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

ABOUT FIELD DANCES

Field Dances was choreographed by Merce Cunningham in 1963. The structure and performance of the dance are indeterminate: it can be done by any number of dancers, last any length of time, and be performed in any space. The material for the dance includes a series of simple movement phrases incorporating everyday movement like walking, running, skipping, falling, sitting, and leaning. The instructions for the phrases are both precise and open-ended, offering dancers opportunities to make choices while performing. Cunningham’s subtitle for the dance, “Dances for Everyone,” refers to his intention that the choreography can be done by people with varying levels of dance training and experience.

WHO

We’re looking for 30–40 core group participants with some dance experience—which need not be in Cunningham technique, or even modern or postmodern dance. We welcome artists who work in other dance and performance forms to experience this Cunningham work.

SCHEDULE

Core Group A:

  • Training on Thursday, June 1, 11 am–2 pm
  • Training on Friday, June 2, 11 am–2 pm
  • Showings and drop-in workshops on Saturday, June 3: 10 am–5 pm
  • Rain date: Sunday, June 4

Core Group B:

  • Training on Thursday, June 1, 5–8 pm
  • Training on Friday, June 2, 5–8 pm
  • Showings and drop-in workshops on Saturday, June 3: 10 am–5 pm
  • Rain date: Sunday, June 4

You may state your availability for either the group A schedule or the group B schedule, but you must be available for all four time commitments. Once you share your availability with us, please hold the dates until we notify applicants. All trainings and showings will be held at the Walker Art Center.

COMPENSATION

The core group of dancers will receive two complimentary workshops in which they can learn about Cunningham’s work through the lens of Field Dances. The core group will also receive a $120 stipend for assisting with drop-in workshops and participating in the public showings on June 3.

CONTACT

Contact Field Dances coordinator Emily Gastineau at emily.gastineau@walkerart.org with any questions about this opportunity.

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