“Presented without intermission, Events consist of excerpts of dances from the repertory and new sequences arranged for the particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time.” —Merce Cunningham
To commemorate the centennial of Merce Cunningham, the Merce Cunningham Trust is co-producing Night of 100 Solos, the largest Cunningham Event ever created. A total of 75 dancers from around the world will be divided over three stages in London, New York City and Los Angeles for one night only on Merce’s 100th birthday, April 16, 2019. On each of these stages, the dancers will perform 100 different Cunningham solos composed into an Event with live music and a special set design.
Each city’s 75-minute performance will be tailor-made by one of Cunningham’s former dancers who, working with a team of Cunningham alumni, will be responsible for the artistic direction and transmission of the choreography. Partner theaters include the Barbican London, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Center for the Art of Performance in Los Angeles.
Initial funding for the Merce Cunningham Centennial is provided by the Merce Cunningham Trust, the The Paul L. Wattis Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts, the Royce Gala Endowment, and Judith Pisar.
Additional funding provided by Judith and Alan Fishman, Molly Davies, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.