MATRIXSYNTH: The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Variations V

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Variations V

Variations V (1966) - Merce Cunningham Dance Company Published on Oct 14, 2013

"Merce Cunningham
1966, 49:05, b&w, sound

First composed and performed in 1965, 'Variations V' is a true testament to 1960's experiments with "intermedia"—a coexistence and cutting across of artistic genres that profoundly informed Cunningham's choreographic practice. Video is materially integrated into the performance, with projections by Stan VanDerBeek and overlaid TV distortions by Nam June Paik enveloping the dancers. Twelve sound-sensitive electronic poles dot the stage; sound is triggered by the dancers' movements and then altered or delayed by the musicians. 'Variations V' predates Cunningham's 'video-dances,' demonstrating a different moment in his relation to the technology.

MUSICIANS John Cage 'Variations V'
DANCERS Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, Albert Reid, Peter Saul, Gus Solomons Jr.

© 2013 Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved."

via @moogmusicinc

"On this date in 1965: Bob Moog collaborated with John Cage, Nam June Paik, and others on The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s visual, sonic, and kinetic happening Variations V."

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