Posted on September 30, 2011
This weekend, Dance Umbrella opens with the first of its celebrations of the choreographer Merce Cunningham, one of the great pioneers of 20th-century dance.
Following Cunningham’s death in 2009, his company embarked on a final world tour before it disbands. On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, they present Merce Circus at Stratford Circus, an intensive weekend of Merce-related activity. The weekend includes performances of his 1976 work Squaregame, films and even the chance to learn and dance a short Cunningham work, the 1963 Field Dances. Wear comfortable street clothes – thankfully, they don’t insist on lycra bodysuits.
This year’s Dance Umbrella also includes the company’s farewell London performances, held at the Barbican Centre from Wednesday, October 5 until Saturday 8.
Picture: Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Second Hand, one of the works danced in the farewell season at the Barbican