On December 29, 30, and 31 2011, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company presented six valedictory performances at the Park Avenue Armory before disbanding. Performed across three stages spanning the Armory's soaring drill hall, the Park Avenue Armory Event marked the conclusion of the Company's Legacy Tour and the culmination of nearly 60 years of cross-disciplinary innovation.
Throughout its history, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company mounted over 800 of these signature site-specific Events in unusual locations around the world. Events, as Cunningham described them, "consist of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences for the particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time to allow not so much an evening of dance as the experience of dance.
Dance Division lecturer Diane Frank, former teacher at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, will provide a context for viewing this extraordinary documentary of the final live performance of Cunningham's work, danced by his own company.