Merce Cunningham at 90

April 16 – 19, 2009

Alternate Title Nearly Ninety
Premiere World Premiere
Country of Origin United States
Description In celebration of Cunningham’s 90th birthday, Nearly Ninety premiered at the BAM on April 16, 2009. Consisting mostly of solos, duets and trios, Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times described the choreography for Nearly Ninety as “one of Mr. Cunningham’s most poetic cornucopias.” Much of the choreography focuses on human interaction and independence, as two dancers often meet without facing each other, challenging the traditional duet. The music was composed and performed by John Paul Jones, Takehisa Kosugi and Sonic Youth. Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue designed the décor–a metallic structure standing at twenty-two feet, which was illuminated in bright colors, with videos by Franc Aleu projected onto it.
Identifier 2009s.00925