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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.


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).


Investigating themes of detachment, pleasure, withdrawal, and aging, Kevin Williamson presents three performances of GNARLED, his collaborative duets with movement artists Barry Brannum, Mallory Fabian, Jasmine Jawato, Carol McDowell and Sebastian Hernandez—whose Hypanthium recently brought down the house at Redcat.

GNARLED is the closing work of this season’s Dance at the Odyssey Theatre.


Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, at 8 pm.

Sunday, February 10, at 2 pm.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: GnarledKevin Williamson, images courtesy Kevin Williamson and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; Fruit, 2009, Williamson’s first evening-length work, photograph by Ryan Patterson, courtesy the photographer.


“My interest lies in the choreographic force of knowledge attuned to the body, sensation, and emotion. Charged with a subtle energy, my performances are set within theatrical environments designed to encourage the viewer’s perceptual and intellectual participation. I work to harmonize memory and the senses so that we can see, touch, and make sense of the stuff that comprises us, has conditioned us. Through performed catharsis and joyous surrender, I dance.” — Nickels Sunshine*

This week at REDCAT, performance artist Nickels Sunshine presents TAKE ME WITH YOU—a non-gender-conforming homage to Nijinsky and Martha Graham—as part of Week Two of the New Original Works Festival 2017. Nickels will be performing with Barry Brannum, Bernard Brown, Maya GingeryJmy James Kidd, and Alexx Shilling.

TAKE ME WITH YOU will be followed by Tales Between Our Legs’ multimedia piece A DISMAL GLIMPSE AT A SCRIPT WE CREATE TO KEEP US MOVING FORWARD, and Vivian Bang’s performance documentary on Korean-Americans and the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles, CAN YOU HEAR ME/L A 92. (Coincidentally, the subject of a recent 90x90LA event, as well as Justin Chon’s new film Gook, out August 18).

NICKELS SUNSHINE—TAKE ME WITH YOU, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 3, 4, and 5. All shows at 8:30 pm.

REDCAT, DISNEY HALL, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.



Nickels Sunshine. All images coutesy of Nickels Sunshine and REDCAT.



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