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The centenary of Merce Cunningham’s birth is celebrated in exhilarating fashion by employing jaw-dropping 3D to place viewers at the dizzying heart of the iconic American choreographer’s boundary-obliterating work. Interweaving archival footage and interviews, director Alla Kovgan also calls on a remarkable roster of former Cunningham dancers/collaborators - including likeminded rule-breakers Rashaun Mitchell and Sila Riener - to stage classics like Summerspace and Rainforest while offering new insights on the choreography that redefined modern dance. Prepare to be astonished by this singular artist, whose legacy resonates beyond the dance world.

"3D technology inspired me to think of dance as a truly cinematic experience. Merce, with his dedication to exploring every technological invention of his time, and 3D felt like an ideal fit. I was particularly moved by his story of becoming Merce in the 1950s and 1960s, his love for dance and his triumphant spirit persevering against all odds." - Alla Kovgan

Learn more about Merce 100 Vancouver and the other celebrations of the centenary of Cunningham’s birth: http://www.sfu.ca/sca/merce-100-vancouver

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Director Alla Kovgan
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Website | Article
Featuring: Merce Cunningham, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber
Executive Producer: Stephanie Dillon, Anna Goda, Oli Harbottle, Lyda E. Kuth, Andreas Roald
Producer: Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan
Cinematographer: Mko Malkhasyan
Editor: Alla Kovgan
Music: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)
Production Company: Arsam International, Achtung Panda
Distributor: Mongrel Media Inc.


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