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MERCE CUNNINGHAM — NIGHT OF 100 SOLOS

On Tuesday, in celebration of what would have been Merce Cunningham‘s 100th birthday, the Merce Cunningham Trust will present NIGHT OF 100 SOLOS—A CENTENNIAL EVENT.

In three venues—first at London’s Barbican, then at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and finally at UCLA—an 80-minute performance of 100 overlapping solos will be overseen by Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni as the work of the late, great choreographer continues to invigorate the canon and astonish new generations.

“This Event, and the longstanding, continuing partnerships with these three premier organizations, are true signs that the Cunningham legacy is alive and well ten years after his passing.” — Ken Tabachnick, executive director of the trust

In Los Angeles, the event will be staged by Andrea Weber—a dancer with the company from 2004 to 2011—with Dylan Crossman. Jennifer Steinkamp designed the set at Royce Hall, and Jessica Wodinsky is the lighting designer.

Madison Greenstone, Bethan Kellough, Stephan Moore, Stephanie Richards, and Suzanne Thorpe will provide live musical accompaniment, organized by Stephan Moore.

The dancers for the Los Angeles section are Paige Amicon, Barry Brannum, Lorrin Brubaker, Rena Butler, Tamsin Carlson, Erin Dowd, Katherine Helen Fisher, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Casey Hess, Thomas House, Laurel Jenkins, Burr Johnson, Vanessa Knouse, Cori Kresge, Brian Lawson, Jessica Liu, Victor Lozano, Daniel McCusker, Polly Motley, Jermaine Maurice Spivey, Savannah Spratt, Pam Tanowitz, Ros WarbyRiley Watts, and Sam Wentz, with Cemiyon Barber and Una Ludviksen as understudies.

NIGHT OF 100 SOLOS—A CENTENNIAL EVENT

Tuesday, April 16, at 8 pm.

Royce Hall, UCLA

10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles.

From top: Gerda Peterich, Merce Cunningham in Sixteen Dances for Soloist and Company of Three (detail), 1952; Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Merce (III)] , 1953, courtesy of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Andrea Weber at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012, dancing Cunningham as part of the exhibition Dancing Around the Bride, photograph by Constance Mensh; Cunningham (2).

RASHAUN MITCHELL — SILAS RIENER — CHARLES ATLAS

Former Merce Cunningham dancers and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener—in collaboration with video artist Charles Atlas—bring their live-dance/3-D video hybrid TESSERACT to Redcat for four performances this week. A London engagement begins at the end of February, 2019.

“The title refers to the four-dimensional analog of a cube, ‘moving from one world to another’ [Riener]. The first half of the show features 3-D footage using a mobile camera rig that moves in conjunction with the choreography, incorporating bits of animation. [In] the second half —a cast of six [dancers performing] in a proscenium setting—Atlas will mix and project real-time live video onto the stage.” — Matt de la Peña*

 

TESSERACT

February 28 through March 2

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London

 

TESSERACT

Thursday through Saturday, November 30, December 1 and 2, at 8:30 pm.

Sunday, December 3, at 3 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

 

Interview with Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

Above: Tesseract at REDCAT. Image credit: L.A. Dance Chronicle.

Below: Charles AtlasRashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener, Tesseract.

Photographs © Mick Bello / EMPAC.

IVO VAN HOVE’S OBSESSION

Luchino Visconti got there first. Ossessione, his unauthorized version of James M. Cain‘s The Postman Always Rings Twice, hit the screens in 1943, and Italian neorealism was born. Hollywood’s noir take, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield, appeared three years later. Postman was remade in the 1980s with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson, and Stephen Paulus and Colin Graham turned it into an opera in 1982. This year, avant–garde director Ivo van Hove returned to Cain via Visconti, and brought OBSESSION to the London stage.

Jude Law is Gino, a drifter who arrives at a roadside diner/garage and finds himself in a situation of immediate, mutual attraction with the proprietor’s young wife Hanna (Halina Reijn). Dissatisfied with her lot as kitchen slave and wife of a control freak, Hanna and her lover plot to murder her husband (Gijs Scholten Van Aschat).

L.A. Theatre Works (LATW), the premiere Los Angeles screening venue for National Theatre Live, brings this Barbican Centre/Toneelgroep Amsterdam co-production to the James Bridges Theater at UCLA for an encore on Sunday afternoon, June 4.

OBSESSION screening, Sunday, June 4, at 4 pm.

JAMES BRIDGES THEATER/MELNITZ HALL, 235 Charles E Young Drive North, UCLA.

latw.org

web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/969897

ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/venues/2021214338-james-bridges-theater-u-c-l-a

(Top) Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti in Ossessione, directed by Luchino Visconti.

Ossessione (1943)
Modern version of the Macbeths … Law and Reijn in Obsession.

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