Talking (and Dancing) Merce Cunningham

Suzanne Dellal Centre in collaboration with the Israeli Society for Dance Research and the Cunningham Foundation
Talking (and Dancing) Merce Cunningham
A Conference Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Merce Cunningham
Initiated by Dr. Yael (Yali) Nativ
 
Suzanne Dellal Centre
April 7, 2020
 

The Suzanne Dellal Centre in collaboration with the Israeli Society for Dance Research is pleased to take part in the 100th Anniversary of the groundbreaking dance artist Merce Cunningham, with the support of the Merce Cunningham Foundation, New York. The celebrations, 100 Years of Merce - The Cunningham Centennial, took place around the world to commemorate his work and legacy at the initiative of the Cunningham Foundation. The day-long conference at the Suzanne Dellal Centre is the only event in Israel that is part of the Centennial and will be devoted to looking at Cunningham's legacy and the relevance of his thought and work to dancers, dance education and contemporary art today.

The events will focus on the central questions: How is Merce Cunningham's technique relevant to dancers today? How do his choreographic ideas inspire contemporary dance creators? How has the body of thought and teaching of created by Cunningham resonate among today's teachers and creators? What discourse does Cunningham's legacy capture in the pedagogy of dance history?

 

Conference Program:

Panels and Keynote Lecture

9:45-14:00, Yerushalmy Hall

9:45 Opening Remarks

10:00 Session I: Pedagogy and Change

Teachers discussing Teaching: Technique, Choreography, History with Dalit Harmaty, Amira Kedem, Dr. Rina Badash, Moran Dekel, Sharona Florsheim, Dr. Idit Suslik (In Hebrew)

11:30 Beyond Merce: Cunningham’s Legacy and New Bodies of Work

Keynote lecture with Jamie Scott, former dancer in the Cunningham and Trisha Brown companies, teacher, lecturer and member of the Cunningham Foundation (In English)

12:30 Session II: Cunningham, Choreographic Strategies, Bodies of Knowledge and Inspiration

Choreographers and dance artists discussing their work

Anat Shamgar, Avi Kaiser, Hillel Kogan, Anat Danieli, Dana Ruttenberg and Ran Brown, Closing Remarks (In Hebrew)

 

Master Class with Jamie Scott

15:00-17:00, Studio Zehava and Jack Dellal

Master class with Jamie Scott, former dancer in the Cunningham and Trisha Brown companies, teacher, lecturer and member of the Cunningham Foundation. Class will include a Cunningham Technique, repertory, and chance operations.

 

Archival Film Screening

18:30-20:00, Yerushalmy Hall

A special film screening of performance and documentary footage from the Merce Cunningham

archives, followed by a talk with Ken Tabachnick, Executive Director of the Cunningham Foundation, and Iris Lana, dance archive project manager, lecturer and researcher.

 

Prices

Panels and Lecture: Free, Registration Required

Master Class for Dancers: 60 NIS (space is limited)

Observe Master Class: 30 NIS (space is limited)

Please note, this ticket for seated class observation ONLY. It will NOT allow you to participate in the class as a dancer.​

Film Screening: 60 NIS

 

This program was planned as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, a world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of visionary dance artist Merce Cunningham. Some 500 events, around the world on all continents, were part of the Centennial through partnerships with the Merce Cunningham Trust and local partners. In addition to the Trust, major Centennial funding was provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the American Express Foundation and Judith Pisar.

Reservations and support