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In Conversation with Merce" Excerpts from "Landrover" (1972) + World Premieres by Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring (VIRTUAL)

In Conversation with Merce" Excerpts from "Landrover" (1972) + World Premieres by Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring (VIRTUAL)

Company:

Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust Co-Present

Location:

Online
https://bacnyc.org/performances/performance/in-conversation-with-merce

Dates:

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 5:00pm daily through September 30, 2021

Tickets:

https://bacnyc.org/performances/performance/in-conversation-with-merce

Company:
Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust Co-Present

Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust Co-Present

In Conversation with Merce
Excerpts from Merce Cunningham’s Landrover (1972)

And World Premieres by Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring
September 20-30, 2021

In Conversation with Merce is a filmed presentation featuring an arrangement of solos and duets from Merce Cunningham’s Landrover, and two world premieres by choreographers Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring created in response to the 1972 work. According to Cunningham, Landrover – a large-scale ensemble piece created at his Westbeth studio in Manhattan – was inspired by “people moving in different landscapes. American perhaps in the sense that we move in our country – across varied spaces – with varied backgrounds.” The Landrover excerpts, performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris, and the new works by Abraham and Gerring, performed by members of their companies, were filmed August 2021 in the John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio. The program is introduced by Merce Cunningham Trust trustee Patricia Lent and includes interviews with Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring.

Credits – Landrover (Excerpts)
Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Music: John King and Anaïs Maviel, 15/2
Costumes: After the original design by Jasper Johns
Costume Reconstruction: Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung
Staged by: Jamie Scott
Dancers: Jacquelin Harris and Chalvar Monteiro
Landrover (1972) by Merce Cunningham (c) Merce Cunningham Trust.

Credits – World Premiere Choreographed by Liz Gerring
Composer: Michael Schumacher 
Dancers: Mariah Anton and Cemiyon Barber 
Rehearsal Assistant: Jamie Scott 
Costumes: Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung

Credits – World Premiere Choreographed by Kyle Abraham
Dancers: Claude “CJ” Johnson and Donovan Reed
Costumes: Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung

Filmed by Tatyana Tenenbaum at Baryshnikov Arts Center

 

About The Artists

Kyle Abraham (Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham) and his choreography have been featured in O Magazine, Ebony, Vogue, Kinfolk, Document Journal, and several other publications. He is the proud recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Award, 2012 United States Fellowship, several coveted Princess Grace awards including the 2018 Statue Award and in 2013, he was named MacArthur Fellow.

Liz Gerring was born in San Francisco in 1965 and grew up in Los Angeles where she began studying dance at age 13. Gerring studied at the Cornish Institute in Seattle, and in 1987 she received a BFA from the Juilliard School. She formed the Liz Gerring Dance Company in 1998 and has been presenting her work in New York City and abroad continuously since that time.

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