Produktionsfoto aus der neuen Interpretation von Merce Cunninghams "Sounddance" durch das Ballet de Lorraine
Produktionsfoto aus der neuen Interpretation von Merce Cunninghams "RainForest" durch das Ballet de Lorraine
Produktionsfoto aus der neuen Interpretation von Merce Cunninghams "Sounddance" durch das Ballet de Lorraine
Archivfoto von Merce Cunninghams legendärem Stück STORY

MERCE CUNNINGHAM CENTENNIAL: BERLIN

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE

BERLIN STORY A re-imagination of Merce Cunningham’s STORY

CCN – Ballet de Lorraine

RainForest & Sounddance

Duration 100 Min with intermission ("RainForest" 20 Min / "Sounddance" 17 Min / "BERLIN STORY" 35 Min)

In 2019 Tanz im August celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the American choreographer Merce Cunningham, who said of himself that he didn’t become a dancer, but rather had always been a dancer. He worked with John Cage for the first time in New York in 1944. In the course of his long career Cunningham created over two hundred works, partly in collaboration with Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, that radically renewed dance. He didn’t rely on an apparently autonomous artistic ego, but rather on playful abstraction and chance procedures. As an inquisitive modernist he was one of the first to use video and computer technologies in dance.

CCN – Ballet de Lorraine: RainForest & Sounddance
Beneath and between Andy Warhol’s silver clouds, the dancers of the Ballet de Lorraine become graceful hybrid creatures both human and animal in “RainForest” (1968). Cunningham, who grew up near the rain forests in the state of Washington, translates them here into small gestures, big leaps and movements on the floor – a concentrated, serene world. “Sounddance” has a different energy. Cunningham created it in 1975 after his fraught collaboration with the Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris. It opposes the uniformity of the ballet: in front of an elegantly draped golden curtain, an ‘organised chaos’ unfolds, accompanied by David Tudor’s driving sound.

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE: BERLIN STORY A re-imagination of Merce Cunningham’s STORY
Merce Cunningham’s “STORY” was pioneering in its choreographic games and chance procedures when it was created in 1963. But some of the dance sequences have been lost over the years, and some of the instructions can no longer be understood. Together with the Cunningham expert Daniel Squire, the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE goes on an expedition of research and rehearsal that combines original and new movement material in their “BERLIN STORY”. In 1963 Robert Rauschenberg created the set from found objects. His part is now taken by the Berlin artist John Bock. The original music by Toshi Ichiyanagi will be played by Rabih Mroué, Tobias Weber and Mattef Kuhlmey.

Performance
  • Cast

    RainForest

    Choreography

    Merce Cunningham

    With

    5 dancers of CCN – Ballet de Lorraine

    Staging

    Cheryl Therrien, Ashley Chen

    Music

    David Tudor

    Decor

    Andy Warhol

    Costume Design

    Jasper Johns

    Lighting

    Aaron Copp

    Rehearsal Director

    Thomas Caley

    Sounddance

    Choreography

    Merce Cunningham

    With

    10 dancers of CCN – Ballet de Lorraine

    Staging

    Thomas Caley, Meg Harper

    Music

    David Tudor

    Set, Costume, Lighting Design

    Mark Lancaster

    Rehearsal Director

    Thomas Caley

    BERLIN STORY

    Choreography

    Merce Cunningham

    With

    Candas Bas, Ty Boomer- shine, Emma Lewis, Gesine Moog, Miki Orihara, Tim Persent, Marco Volta

    Staging

    Daniel Squire

    Live Music

    Rabih Mroué, Mattef Kuhlmey, Tobias Weber

    Artist

    John Bock

    Lighting Design

    Patrick Lauckner, Falk Dittrich

    Sound

    Mattef Kuhlmey

    Assistant Director

    Clarissa Omiecienski

    Artistic Director DANCE ON ENSEMBLE

    Ty Boomershine

    Technical Production Managet DANCE ON

    Patrick Lauckner

    Based on Merce Cunningham's original choreography "STORY" from 1963. With additional choreographic material, developed by DANCE ON ENSEMBLE under direction of Daniel Squire

  • Credits
    Förderer
Price: 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 60 €
Discount: 15 / 18 / 24 / 29 / 35 €
Ticket information

Dates of production

Fri 23.8.

from 19:00 to 20:40Volksbühne Berlin

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Sat 24.8.

from 19:00 to 20:40Volksbühne Berlin

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Sun 25.8.

from 19:00 to 20:40Volksbühne Berlin

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Further dates

  • Audience engagement

    24.8., 21:00Volksbühne Berlin

    On the Sofa

    Merce Cunningham – Then and Now

    Guests: Ty Boomershine, Thomas Caley, Petter Jacobsson & Patricia Lent (Merce Cunningham Trust) | Host: Brenda Dixon-Gottschild

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Location

Volksbühne Berlin
Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin

You can reach the lower foyer and the main theatre at the Volksbühne without barriers through the main entrance. For structural reasons the (upper) Sternfoyer is not free of barriers.