Merce Cunningham and Chance Operations: A Community Workshop

Participants will be introduced to Merce Cunningham’s use of chance operations as a choreographic tool.  During the session, participants will learn simple movement phrases based on everyday movement (walking, kneeling, running, falling), and taught how to use chance operations to organize this movement in time and space.  Participants will then be guided to invent and sequence their own material.  This workshop is designed to accommodate a range of participants, with or without previous dance training, with special emphasis on welcoming “non-dancers” to explore movement possibilities.  All that is required is an openness to new ideas, and curiosity about organizing movement in space and time.

Free and open to the public.

Photo by Barbara Morgan 1942: Merce Cunningham in Totem Ancestor.


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About the instructor:

Patricia Lent danced for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1984-1993) and White Oak Dance Project (1994-1996), and then taught elementary school at P.S. 234 in Lower Manhattan (1998-2007).  Lent began teaching technique and repertory workshops at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the late 1980s.  In recent years, she has staged Cunningham’s work for numerous schools and companies, including Fabrications for Ballet de Lorraine, Scramble for Repertory Dance Theater, Duets for American Ballet Theatre, Channels/Inserts for Lyon Opera Ballet, Beach Birds and Change of Address for University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Roaratorio for MCDC’s Legacy Tour.  In 2009, Lent was named a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, and currently serves as the Trust’s Director of Licensing.  Since joining the Trust, she has initiated and supervised over one hundred staging projects for professional companies, museums, conservatories, and schools.  Lent continues to teach, stage, and conduct workshops in her capacity at the Trust.

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

December 10, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm