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One of Merce Cunningham’s final works of choreography, before his death on Sunday evening, was creating site-specific work for Rockefeller Park, in Lower Manhattan, where it will be performed this Saturday and Sunday as part of the River to River Festival.

According to the River to River organizers, Cunningham combined new material and dance movement from past and current repertory for the 60-minute Event (as Cunningham recombinations are known), which is free to the public and will be performed by Stephan Moore and David Behrman and members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Music Committee.

In a statement prepared before his death, Cunningham said of the piece: “Presented without intermission, this Event consists of excerpts of dances from the repertory and new sequences arranged for the particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time—to allow not so much for a program of dances as the experience of dance.”


Patrick Healy
New York Times