Wyoming Arts Council

Improv dance inspired by Merce Cunningman at UW Oct. 1

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will perform an informal improvisational dance Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 1-2 p.m. in the Coe Library rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance is inspired by the work of influential 20th century artist Merce Cunningham, an innovator and leader of the American avant-garde. UW dance majors will spontaneously improvise on choreographic movement studies based on Cunningham’s concepts of pure movement and employment of chance mechanisms.

Here’s more info from the Merce Cunningham Trust:

MERCE CUNNINGHAM (1919-2009) was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his seventy year career and is considered one of the most important choreographers of our time. Through much of his life, he was also one of the greatest American dancers. With an artistic career distinguished by constant innovation, Cunningham expanded the frontiers not only of dance, but also of contemporary visual and performing arts. His collaborations with artistic innovators from every creative discipline have yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art.

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