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Dance, Arts & culture

Merce Cunningham's 50 Looks

Date & time
Thursday, November 26, 2020
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost

This event is free

Organization

Department of Contemporary Dance

Where

Online

Tune in and watch performances by students in the BFA Contemporary Dance, as they interpret Cunningham's iconic 50 Looks.

As an opportunity to open a window into the activity of the Contemporary Dance Department this semester, we are collaborating with 4th Space. Pass by the space at night as it lights up the street at 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal!

 

"50 Looks was a solo constructed from a gamut of fifty still positions. Cunningham used chance to generate a long series of ninety-one of these positions. Due to the nature of chance operations, some of the fifty looks were done multiple times, some were done only once, and a few were not done at all. Cunningham’s notes indicate that the solo was choreographed in December 1979, and was originally conceived as a video project. The earliest version of 50 Looks is a 42-minute black-and-white video, made by Charles Atlas, of Cunningham performing the solo in silence, on the small stage at the back of his Westbeth studio. The exact date of this videotaping is unknown. In the video, Cunningham dances the complete sequence of ninety-one positions four times, decreasing the duration of the pauses between positions with each set. An abridged version of the solo, lasting three minutes, was later incorporated into the 1981 dance Gallopade, in a section called 50 Looks with Poses. Cunningham also danced 50 Looks in events for many years, beginning at least as early as November 1981." (Source: Merce Cunningham Trust.)

 

End of Term Performances

DATE TIME EVENT
Thursday, November 26 8:00pm  Merce Cunningham's 50 Looks
Tuesday, December 15 2:00pm and 8:00pm End of Term Outcomes (1st year students)
Wednesday, December 16 2:00pm and 8:00pm End of Term Outcomes (1st year students)
Thursday, December 17 2:00pm and 8:00pm December Shows, Program A (2nd and 3rd year students)
Friday, December 18 2:00pm and 8:00pm December Shows, Program B (2nd and 3rd year students)
Saturday, December 19 2:00pm and 8:00pm December Shows, Program A (2nd and 3rd year students)
Sunday, December 20 2:00pm and 8:00pm December Shows, Program B (2nd and 3rd year students)
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