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Cunningham 3D

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The iconic Merce Cunningham is stunningly profiled in this 3D documentary – a breathtaking explosion of music, dance and never-before-seen archive material woven together to create an experiential tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.
Even for those who know little about dance, Merce Cunningham is a recognizable name — an iconic figure in his field. His mid–20th century collaborations with composer John Cage (his lifelong partner) and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg were central to an era of transformation. Now, with Cunningham, we have a chance to experience what he did. Filmmaker Alla Kovgan assembles the last generation of Cunningham dancers to present landmark works from the Cunningham repertoire. The film concentrates on the three decades from 1942 to 1972 when Cunningham was making his reputation. Gorgeously shot in 3D, Cunningham brings us closer to these works than any audience has ever been before. Taking an inventive approach with locations, the film places dancers in evocative backdrops such as a tunnel, a high-rise rooftop, and a forest. These current-day performances are interlaced with archival footage of Cunningham speaking and moving, as well as illuminating interviews with Cage, Rauschenberg, and members of the original Merce Cunningham Dance Company. (Dir. by Alla Kovgan, 2019, Germany/France/USA, in English, 93 mins., Rated PG)

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