Merce Cunningham

from 10€ to 40€

Dance 2019-20

Exchange / Scenario

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 1 hour45 minutes

Created at an interval of 20 years, Exchange and Scenario are emblematic of the work of this grand master of contemporary dance, whose approach to gestures and the introduction of chance into his choreographies revolutionised the discipline.

  • 20:00
  • 20:00
  • 16:00

Concerning

Merce Cunningham is the choreographer who laid down the bases of post-modern dance, as early as the 1940s, by working with the interdisciplinary avant-garde of his era. But also by introducing variations based on chance into his creations. With him, movement and gesture, placed back at the centre of everything, became pure emotion.

Chance and variations
With Exchange, which premiered in 1978, with sets designed by Jasper Johns and music by David Tudor, Merce Cunningham transposed the working method of the composer John Cage. In other words, a series of variations applied to repeated motifs. Here, there are 64 phrases of variable lengths and complexity: half the dancers execute a series of movements which are then taken up by the other half, in a second part, then by all the dancers in a third section in a random order.
For Scenario, which premiered in 1997, Cunningham began a collaboration with the couturier Rei Kawakubo who, as well as the set and lighting, designed costumes that modified the dancers’ figures and movements, which the choreographer included in his initial composition : a series of duets and trios which become quartets then quintets and sextets. This particularity allowed him to make the gestures ungraspable once more, by doubling them up, thanks to his work using the software DanceForms, thus resulting in a complex articulation between the different parts of the body.

As part of the series of festivities for the hundredth birthday of Merce Cunningham by the Cunningham Foundation
 

  • Extrait du spectacle Exchange

  • Exchange © Michel Cavalca
  • Exchange © Michel Cavalca
  • Exchange © Michel Cavalca
  • Exchange © Michel Cavalca
  • Scenario © Gert Weigelt
  • Scenario © Gert Weigelt
  • Scenario © Gert Weigelt
  • Scenario © Gert Weigelt
  • Scenario © Gert Weigelt

Exchange

Choreography

Merce Cunningham

Sound design

Phil Edelstein

Reprise

Patricia Lent & Andrea Weber

Advisor

Davison Scandrett

Ballet of the Opéra de Lyon

Scenario

Choreography

Merce Cunningham

Music

Takehisa Kosugi, Wave Code A-Z

Sets, costumes and lighting

Rei Kawakubo

Concept and advisor

Davison Scandrett

Reprise

Jamie Scott & Andrea Weber, Banu Ogan & Daniel Squire

Ballet of the Opéra de Lyon

Pourquoi on aime

En deux pièces très différentes, on peut se faire une idée de la manière dont Merce Cunningham a révolutionné l'approche chorégraphique.

Pourquoi on aime

Exchange et Scenario s'appuient sur des compositions avant-gardistes des musiciens David Tudor et Takehisa Kosugi.

Pourquoi on aime

Merce Cunningham est l'un des grands mythes, bien réel, du siècle en matière de danse.

My Evening

  • Trouver la place idéale

    Découvrez les plans de salles, trouvez la place idéale et bénéficiez du meilleur tarif.
  • Première fois à l’Opéra

    Comment je m’habille ? À quelle heure j’arrive ? 
  • Bars et restauration

    Avant le spectacle, et même pendant l'entracte, il est toujours temps à l'opéra de s'offrir un petit plaisir culinaire.

Your get-togethers on show night

  • Conférence
    Blabla Dance
    Conférence autour de Merce Cunningham

    Free