CUNNINGHAM is a 3D cinematic experience about legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. The film, directed by Alla Kovgan, follows Merce's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944--1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York City to his emergence as one of the most visionary choreographers in the world. Misunderstood by the dance world of his time, Merce persevered against all odds and developed a new dance technique and a new way of thinking in collaboration with composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg. Rooted in both imaginary worlds and actual life experiences, the film features excerpts from iconic Cunningham works, performed by the last generation of his dancers and re-imagined for 3D cinema on location indoors and out. The painstaking choreography of the camera allows the viewers to have an experience reminiscent of 'stepping inside' the dance. The archival materials evoke the atmosphere of the time, while Merce's diagrams and drawings provide insight into his creative process.
- Dec 13, 2019