We Give Ourselves Away At Every Moment

Choreographer Bill T. Jones makes a special appearance at the River To River Festival's “We Give Ourselves Away at Every Moment: An Event For Merce” at Rockefeller Park in New York City, photo by Abbey Braden

This past Monday, July 26th, marked the one-year anniversary of choreographer Merce Cunningham’s death.  One week after he died, his company gave a marvelous performance at Rockefeller Park.  This year, on a day that was just as hot and sunny as last year’s event, River to River Festival presented “We Give Ourselves Away at Every Moment: An Event for Merce”.  The performance included choreography by Jon Kinzel, Susan Marshall, Lucinda Childs, Faye Driscoll, and Bill T. Jones, all of whom were inspired by Cunningham’s dances and approach to dance-making.  In the spirit of Cunningham’s use of chance operations, they presented pre-existing work that was repurposed for the occasion, with live music by David Eggar, Geoff Gersh, and Kotchy.  Here are some photos from the performance, which was surely just as memorable as last year’s “Event”.  And check out Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s wonderful photos on her blog, Infinite Body.

Performers Caitlin Scranton and Anne Lewis perform in “Dance II” by Lucinda Childs Dance, photo by Abbey Braden

Vicky Shick and Jon Kinzel perform "Drastic Cut and Responsible Ballet", photo by Abbey Braden

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