The Legacy Tour 2011

Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Berlin

Before he passed away in 2009, the choreographer Merce Cunningham drew up a will, stating that upon his death, his dance company should give one last major world tour, after which it would be disbanded. With this “Legacy Plan” which explicitly stipulates how he wished his work to be artistically presented, Cunningham offered an alternative model that contrasts the convention of reconstructing and nostalgically idealizing artistic monuments. Cunningham revolutionized the perception of 20th-century dance and choreography and produced over 200 works during his lifetime, many of which are still performed by all major dance theatre companies throughout the world. He worked with such renowned artists as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage and Andy Warhol, and influenced generations of young choreographers with a unique style that highlighted the almost limitless possibilities of human movement. Stunning examples of Cunningham’s achievements of the past century were presented in six performances and an extensive accompanying programme.

Artists: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Venues and Schedule „The Legacy Tour 2011“ in Berlin:

21 September, Welcome Merce Cunningham Dance Company with Members of the Akademie der Künste and Dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studiofoyer

22 + 23 September, 8 pm, Nearly Ninety², Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

26 + 27 September, 8 pm, Suite for Five / Antic Meet / Duets, Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio

25 September, 11 am + 3 pm, Family Day - Workshop for Children (6 years and older)
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10

1 October, 8 pm, Concert/Lecture with Christian Wolff and Robyn Schulkowsky
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Halle 3 A Year from Monday. John Cage

22 – 27 September, 10 am – 4 pm
Workshops for professional Dancers (A Cunningham Technique Classes, B Dance Forms 2.0, C Introduction and Production of Dance Films)
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio and Uferhallen (HZT)

21 September – 3 October, 11 am – 8 pm
Presentation of archived material and a large filmprogramme about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studiofoyer


Akademie der Künste

Pariser Platz 4

10117 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)