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Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Split Sides [DVD]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • ASIN: B0026BTRVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

3 Disc Set showcasing the collaborative work of Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage. Films by Charles Atlas. Contains illustrated essay by Bonnie Brooks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance to the Music! 10 Nov 2009
By Lesser Knowns - Published on
If you enjoy experimental dance, you need to add this to your dance DVD collection. I recommend "Split Sides - Merce Cunningham Dance Company" because it is an intriguing idea for a role of dice to decide the costumes, set design, music, lighting, and choreography. The dancers are extraordinary, the costumes are unusual and they dance to two of my favorite bands, Sigur Ros and Radiohead. Watching the choreography to the music was a delight.
5.0 out of 5 stars Merce Cunninghom and John Cage 3 Jan 2014
By valm - Published on
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The dancing techniques very done quite well without one getting tired of watching the choreography. Merce Cunningham was also deservedly honored at BAM in Brooklyn not too long ago.I was trying to get the dvd he had done in London along with John Cage, and their dancers. Hopefully very soon.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cage/Cunningham collaborations 21 Dec 2012
By Erika Stephens - Published on
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This is the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth, and it's important to notice not just his music (4'33'' the most famous/infamous) but his lifetime collaboration with his partner Merce Cunningham. Cunningham started as a Martha Graham dancer, perhaps the most physically brilliant of all her dancers. Merce became interested in the new music--aleatory, random, etc and wanted to fashion dances using those techniques. The music does not echo or guide the dancers' movements which can make it more challenging to follow, especially by the dancers. The abstraction of the dances does have echoes from some of Balanchine's dances; pure movement telling its own "tale". The dances are incredibly beautiful (would Merce have liked such a characterization? perhaps not) The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was the anger that these dances were not filmed at the beginning of the troupe's' history but not until the end. Filming was expensive at the time and they were always operating on a shoestring.

Get the film, but also read Caroline Brown's Chance and Circumstance, about her years as a Cunningham dancer. It's marvelous!Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years with Cage and Cunningham
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