DVD Release: Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Park Avenue Armory Event

DVD Release Date: Nov. 27, 2012
Price: DVD $60.00
Studio: Microcinema


Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Park Avenue Armory EventOn December 29, 30 and 31, 2011, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company returned to New York City- its home since it was founded in 1953 – to present six valedictory performances at the Park Avenue Armory before disbanding. It’s all presented here in the the three-disc set Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Park Avenue Armory Event.

Performed across three stages spanning the Armory’s soaring drill hall, the Park Avenue Armory Event marked the conclusion of the Company’s Legacy Tour and the culmination of nearly 60 years of cross-disciplinary innovation. The collection is designed to give viewers the opportunity to create their own experience while watching MCDC’s historic final performances: Uncut shots from each of the three stages show the full performance from every perspective with notes detailing the dances performed (Disc Two) alongside an edited film of the final performances captured in a fourteen-camera shoot by two film crews (Disc One). Finally, Disc Three offers recent and archival excerpts from each of the repertory works featured on the Legacy Tour.

Clocking in at nearly five hours, the program includes, as a bonus feature, an illustrated essay by curator and critic Douglas Crimp.

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