Merce Cunningham–Beach Birds 1

In Beach Birds you see a very sculptured piece, very much Merce Cunningham. The dancers, dressed in black and white leotards, mimic the movements of birds with stiff, non-fluid, almost jerky movements.

Watching this performance is almost hypnotic but still very enjoyable…and unusual. Performed to the non music of John Cage.

Do you think this would have been difficult to perform for someone who hadn’t trained in Cunningham’s style? Share with your friends and ask what they think.



  1. Dita says:

    Hi Linda,

    I really enjoyed watching this video. I only dance for fun at parties, etc. but I love watching the shows like Do You Think You Can Dance. The dancers mimicked the birds very well.



    1. Linda Thomas says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Dita. I took quite a bit of modern dance when I was younger…and it’s still in my blood! Yes, I love “Do You Think…”, too, and “Dancing With The Stars.”

      Great hearing from you, and my best for your best with your goals!



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