Presented by Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event– With the original performances having taken place on April 16 in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, the edited versions of this largest Cunningham Event ever will be displayed simultaneously in the Museum Auditorium, the Grand Lobby, and Gallery 14 on the following dates:
July 20, 2:45 pm, Museum auditorium
Introduction to the “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event” screenings
Guest speakers Tamsin Carlson (featured performer from the Los Angeles location), Jeffrey Slayton (L.A. dance critic and former Cunningham company member), and Ken Tabachnik (executive director of the Merce Cunningham Trust), will give introductory remarks, background, and context regarding this special Event in honor of Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday. In addition, all three will be available for audience Q&A immediately following the screening of the Los Angeles performance.
Special thanks to the Merce Cunningham Trust for this opportunity for local audiences to experience the end result of this special project, which featured 75 dancers from around the world performing at the Barbican, London, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York, and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) in Los Angeles. In each theater, 25 dancers from a wide range of practices and companies performed a distinct, 75-minute Event comprised of a unique selection of 100 solos choreographed by Cunningham, with an ensemble of musicians at the vanguard of contemporary music providing a score.
This year is a Centennial year of celebration of Merce Cunningham's birth and we are taking the time to reflect on Cunningham’s work and his legacy as one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century.
Cunningham was known for his groundbreaking experiments in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Cunningham’s conscious removal of his own personality in decision-making, left the experience of character, emotion, and story in his choreography to the experience of the viewer, which was complementary to the sensibilities and experiments of his contemporaries in the visual arts. Some of his most notable collaborators are represented in the permanent collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. So it is most fitting that Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s 16th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern would tie-in to the international celebration of this seminal artist.
Within a 16-day window at The Modern, a variety of films, videos, lectures, “happenings” or “events” and performances will be offered in the Grand Lobby, the Museum Auditorium, and Gallery 14. Content directly representing Cunningham’s work is provided courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust.