Merce Cunningham Dance Company – Nearly Ninety

The costumes in the first part of the video took me aback. What an effective design! Interestingly, they sometimes made the bodies look distorted…in a way that makes you wonder if you’re really seeing what you think you are.

I loved watching the dancers at the beginning. The sustained movement oozed through space with such fluidity. Beautiful!

For Cunningham whose technique was about movement for movement’s sake, however, the set seemed pretty elaborate, if not overdone.

This short clip provides only a few seconds of “Nearly Ninety”, but I didn’t find it as powerful as some of Cunningham’s other works.

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