Night of 100 Solos: Merce Cunningham Remembered; Plus, Views on Video

“Merce 100: Trailer”

Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event was a special production taking place April 16, 2019 in three separate cities. Featuring 100 solos choreographed by Merce Cunningham, each ran for 90 minutes and was live streamed. Many of the solos were performed simultaneously.

The shows are viewable on Vimeo through June 19th so catch them while you can. Not sure why there’s a time limit but that’s why I’m not posting them here. You can check the above link for direct links to the videos of the shows.

Each show had a unique set and live musicians with a connection to the work of Cunningham. There is more background available via NPR. The video above has numerous brief moments of Cunningham in performance. It’s been many years since I saw him dance but it brings back memories of his unique stage presence.

Excerpts from “Views on Video”

The above excerpts from Views on Video are from the Merce Cunningham Trust account on Vimeo. To be honest I’m rather baffled at the lack of information available on this piece online especially from Cunningham-related media assets. I thought they were serious about archival work but maybe it’s just not making it to the web. How 20th Century of them!

Here is the clearest explanation of the above work, created with collaborator Charles Atlas, that I could find online:

“A video, directed by Charles Atlas, of the Cunningham piece Views on Video. This is the video version of a work Cunningham presented in three different performance mediums. The other two are Views on Stage, presented in live performance settings, and Views on Camera, which was captured, also by Atlas, on film.”

The above version appears to be from the showings in Los Angeles. I just think it’s a nice brief example of how the work of Charles Atlas extended Cunningham’s aesthetic through film and video.

Here’s a bit more on the related work, Views on Camera.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a BFA and MA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. In addition to staging his own works, Clyde performed with NC's New Performing Dance Company and San Francisco's The High Risk Group. Clyde returned to performing in 2015 with an improvisational project called Working Sessions.

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