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He Revolutionized Modern Dance. Now, Learn More About Merce Cunningham During This Screening

Starting next Friday, January 17th, Magnolia at the Modern will show Cunningham! A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world's greatest modern dance artists.

Even for those who know little about dance, Merce Cunningham is a recognizable name – an iconic figure in his field. His mid-20th century collaborations with composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg were central to an era of transformation. In spite of this, Cunningham resisted branding his work as "avant-garde" or any other label.

Now, with Cunningham, we have a chance to experience what he did. Filmmaker Alla Kovgan assembles the last generation of Cunningham dancers to present landmark works from the Cunningham repertoire. The film concentrates on the three decades from 1942 to 1972, when Cunningham was building his reputation. Gorgeously shot in 3D, Cunningham brings us closer to the famed dancer than ever before.

Taking an inventive approach with locations, the film places dancers in evocative backdrops, such as a tunnel, a high-rise rooftop, and a forest. These current-day performances are interlaced with archival footage of Cunningham speaking and moving. We also hear illuminating interviews with Cage, Rauschenberg, and members of the original Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who endured years of rejection and outrage before they slowly won over audiences.

“What Kovgan's utterly transporting film does, through a thoughtful and dynamic combination of curated material and new performances, is radiate the rapturous power of dance." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

Next Friday, take part in Magnolia at the Modern when the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Cunningham! Tickets are $10.00 for non-members, $8.00 for Modern members, and $7.00 for Reel People. Advance sales begin two hours prior to each show. For more information, visit www.themodern.org.

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Event Time/Date:
Friday, January 17, 2020—4:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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