CAP UCLA's Royce Hall
April 16, 2019 @8:00pm (PDT)
This one-time special Cunningham Event, on what would have been his 100th birthday (April 16, 2019), comprises three distinct performances—one in each city. Taken together, they are the largest Cunningham Event ever.
In Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, each of the three participating institutions—the Barbican, London, BAM in New York City, and CAP UCLA in Los Angeles—will present a ninety (90) minute performance comprised of 100 solos choreographed by Merce Cunningham. In each city, a former dancer experienced in creating Cunningham Events will work with an associate stager and other Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni to impart the choreography to a new generation of dancers.
As was the case for the Events late in Cunningham’s career, it will be impossible for any one person to see all of Night of 100 Solos at once. However, reflecting Cunningham’s interest in technology, and taking advantage of the multiple time zones in which the Event will be staged, there will be a live-stream allowing anyone anywhere to experience each venue’s performance in real-time.
During the evening, a set specifically curated for each venue will grace the stage. Keeping with traditional Cunningham performances, each city’s performance will include live music performed by composers and musicians who represent expressions of Cunningham’s musical interests over the course of his lifetime. Former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Music Committee are participating or supporting the evening.
All Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Staged by: Andrea Weber
Associate Stager: Dylan Crossman
Music Coordinator: Stephan Moore
Set Design: Jennifer Steinkamp
Paige Amicon, Barry Brannum, Lorrin Brubaker, Rena Butler, Tamsin Carlson, Erin Dowd, Katherine Helen Fisher, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Casey Hess, Thomas House, Laurel Jenkins, Burr Johnson, Vanessa Knouse, Cori Kresge, Brian Lawson, Jessica Liu, Victor Lozano, Daniel McCusker, Polly Motley, Jermaine Maurice Spivey, Savannah Spratt, Pam Tanowitz, Ros Warby, Riley Watts, and Sam Wentz
Madison Greenstone, Bethan Kellough, Stephan Moore, Stephanie Richards, and Suzanne Thorpe
Music Director: John King
Costumes designed and built by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Production Director: Davison Scandrett
Filming and Livestream Produced by: Nel Shelby Productions
Co-produced by: The Barbican, London, Brooklyn Academy of Music, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Creative Producer: Trevor Carlson
Executive Producer: Ken Tabachnick
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event is supported with a generous grant by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
The Cunningham Centennial is generously supported with major funding from the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Express Foundation and Judith Pisar.
Additional funding has been provided by the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Judy and Alan Fishman, Molly Davies, Myra Malkin and Barbara Pine.