Merce Cunningham: Views On Camera

Merce Cunningham: Views On Camera

Dance Camera West

Director: Charles Atlas
Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Music: John Cage
Costumes: James Hall

Dance Camera West kicks off its month-long, city-wide festival of dance on film with the Los Angeles premiere of Views on Camera. This new film is the latest result of Cunningham’s collaboration with Charles Atlas. The screening coincides with live performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Music Center of Los Angeles.

Merce Cunningham was one of the first choreographers to create dance originally for film, instead of adapting choreography created for the stage. Realizing that film and television have a completely different use of space than the stage, he decided to collaborate with filmmaker Charles Atlas to create dances particularly for the medium. Since the 1970s, Cunningham created 11 film dances, as well as the documentaries Cage/Cunningham (1991) and CRWDSPCR (1996) with Elliot Caplan.

Cunningham has returned to filmmaking in the last few years and his newest collaboration with Atlas features music by John Cage and costumes by James Hall, and was shot on location in New York City this past August.

Also, on the program will be Channels/Inserts (1983, 25 min.) and a preview of work-in-progress Views on Video (9 min.).


Date/Time G ST CA
Wed 6.1.05, 8:00 pm $10 na na

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff