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Points In Space (1986)



This is the critically acclaimed collaboration for the screen by choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and filmmaker Elliot Caplan.

The first half features BBC's documentary: interviews with Cunningham, Cage and members of the company, as well as scenes from rehearsals in New York and London take the viewer through the complexities and exhilaration of bringing new dance to television. The second half features Points in Space performed by Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

DANCERS:
Helen Barrow
Merce Cunningham
Victoria Finlayson
Alan Good
Catherine Kerr
Chris Komar
David Kulick
Patricia Lent
Karen Radford
Rob Remley
Kristy Santimyer
Kevin Schroder
Carol Teitelbaum
Megan Walker
Susan Quinn Young

Choreography by: Merce Cunningham
Directed by: Elliot Caplan and Merce Cunningham
Music by: John Cage: Voiceless Essay
Costumes by: Dove Bradshaw

Alister Macauley, writing for the London/Manchester Guardian asks, "Has anyone commanded perspective more beautifully on the small screen?"

"An event of profoundly striking cinematic and choreographic interest."
 - Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner

"The camera work gives the sense of richness, as does a live Cunningham performance. Cage's music, "Voiceless Essay," sighs, hisses, and whispers around the action. Everything works to plunge the viewer for a while into an enchanted world inhabited by sleek, strong people in spotted leotards, who move with the energy and determination of budding twigs in springtime."
 - Maggie Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor