Film screening and discussion with guest Gus Solomons jr
Presented by Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
“If The Dancer Dances” (2019, 87 minutes – a documentary film by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler, edited by Mary Manhardt) follows one of New York City’s top modern dance companies as they struggle to reconstruct an iconic and mysterious work by the legendary Merce Cunningham, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. But, unlike other live arts, dance has no script or score. Instead, dance is transmitted from body to body, one generation to the next. With unprecedented access, If the Dancer Dances delves into this intimate, unfolding process, as Merce Cunningham’s 1968 RainForest is brought to life once again. Starring the Stephen Petronio Company and members of the former Merce Cunningham Dance Company, including: Stephen Petronio, Gus Solomons jr, Andrea Weber, Davalois Fearon, and Gino Grenek. RainForest (as performed by the Stephen Petronio Company, 2015-2017) features music by David Tudor, décor by Andy Warhol, lighting design by Aaron Copp and costume design after the original design by Jasper Johns. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s Centennial, If the Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009. Guest speaker Gus Solomons jr (a former Cunningham company member who is featured in the film) will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A with the audience.