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Cunningham Programme: For Four Walls, RainForest and Sounddance

Ballet de Lorraine

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The National Choreography Centre – Ballet de Lorraine, directed by Petter Jacobsson, brings to the Mercat de les Flors a programme of three pieces by the great American choreographer Merce Cunningham.

The National Choreography Centre – Ballet de Lorraine, directed by Petter Jacobsson, brings to the Mercat de les Flors a programme of three pieces by the great American choreographer Merce Cunningham, who continues to be a point of reference for numerous generations of creators. The works we shall see are For Four Walls, a piece with 24 dancers and music by John Cage played live; RainForest, with a set designed by Andy Warhol, 6 dancers and 2 musicians playing live, and Sounddance, with 10 dancers.

The original piece, Four Walls, was a creation with text and choreography by Merce Cunningham and a composition for solo piano by John Cage. After it was premiered in 1944 with just one single performance, the piece was lost and forgotten. The structure is based on contrasts: loud-quiet, high-low pitch, etc., with a psychological intensity quite unusual in Cage. This piece preceded the one that we identify as the work by Cage/Cunningham. Here we encounter their youth, full of introspection and conflicting emotions. For Four Walls, a new choreography by Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley, represents the desire to travel through the space, the individual and the history we share. The choreographers say: “We do not see For Four Walls as the recreation of the lost original, but as a situation that ought to make it possible for its own history and our history with Merce Cunningham to be reflected in it.”

Sounddance could easily be considered the piece by Merce Cunningham most appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Cunningham created this work after spending nine weeks in the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, where he created the show Un Jour ou Deux, in 1973. Back with his dancers, he wished to conceive a work totally opposed to the uniformity and the unisonous nature of ballet. He therefore choreographed an “organized chaos”, very fast and full of vigour.

The title RainForest comes from the childhood memories that Merce Cunningham had of the US northwest and the rainforest characteristic of the Olympic Peninsula. This piece differed from the rest of Cunningham’s work due to the fact that, except for him, all the other dancers (6) performed their role and then left the stage, never to return. Andy Warhol gave Cunningham permission to use his installation Silver Clouds, some polyethylene terephthalate (PET) cushions inflated with helium so that they would float freely in the air.

The show is complemented with the parallel activity Una Hora Abans del Programa Cunningham, by the Ballet de Lorraine, on 20 March at 6 pm in the sala Sebastià Gasch of Mercat de les Flors.

Show scheduled by Mercat de les Flors

Planned functions

Barcelona

Mercat de les Flors – Sala MAC
19 March at 19:00h
Mercat de les Flors – Sala MAC
20 March at 19:00h
Mercat de les Flors – Sala MAC
21 March at 18:00h

Show details

Duration
80 minutes
Price
25 €
Four Walls
Choreography
Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Music
John Cage – Four Walls (1st Mov.)
Pianist
Vanessa Wagner
Set design
Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Costumes
Petter Jacobsson, Thomas Caley, Martine Augsbourger and Annabelle Saintier
Lighting design
Eric Wurtz
Coproduction
Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse
Sounddance
Choreography
Merce Cunningham
Music
David Tudor, Untitled 1975/1994*
Set, costumes and lighting design
Mark Lancaster
Performed by
Thomas Caley and Meg Harper
Rehearsals manager
Thomas Caley
RainForest
Choreography
Merce Cunningham
Music
David Tudor
Sets
Andy Warhol – Silver Clouds
Costume design
Jasper Johns
Lighting design
Aaron Copp
Performed by
Cheryl Therrien and Ashley Chen