Point of View

October 21, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: At the Center, Masterworks Series

In 2007, the Adrienne Arsht Center brought the iconic Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) to Miami for the very first time, wowing audiences with their brilliant technique and stunning repertory.  At that time, the Center was lucky enough to host the legendary choreographer himself, who  created a brand new, world premiere performed by the company on the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House Stage. 

Now, MCDC returns as part of the historic Legacy Tour – celebrating the lifelong creative genius of Merce Cunningham in a posthumous final farewell tour.  The company will once again grace the Ballet Opera House stage – this time in a special installation created specifically for the Adrienne Arsht Center — featuring dancers on three performance levels and audience members on stage with the performers!  MCDC performs December 2-4, 2010, presenting South Florida with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Cunningham’s work in an unforgettably intimate environment, performed by the company he personally trained.  The company’s Miami engagement coincides with Art Basel, and pays homage to Cunningham’s groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration with two other giants of American culture, visual artist Robert Rauschenberg and composer John Cage.  Dancers will wear original Rauschenberg costumes, and each performance will be accompanied by live music featuring members of the Sonic Combine.  In a nod to Cunningham’s  artistic collaboration with Miami/New York visual artist Daniel Arsham, who worked with him on the company’s last visit to the Adrienne Arsht Center, Arsham  will create a site-specific installation in the auditorium of the theater. 

Photo by Richard Rutledge

This thrilling engagement brings the Adrienne Arsht Center’s relationship with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company full circle – honoring Cunningham’s astounding body of work and remarkable contribution to American modern dance and culture – with a performance experience as extraordinary as the artist himself.


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