Events, Film, News
Feb 26, 2019

If The Dancer Dances Documentary to Coincide with Special Events in LA, London, and NYC

If The Dancer Dances caught everyone’s attention in the documentary film selection of the Raindance Film Festival in 2018.

If The Dancer Dances, invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

“The dance studio is a private and mysterious place. “If The Dancer Dances” grants us rare access, bringing us into the studio to watch the staging of a Merce Cunningham masterwork on the Stephen Petronio Company. It’s the tracking of this intimate process, a dance being passed one body to another, that makes this film a great gift. ”  Mikhail Baryshnikov on IF THE DANCER DANCES

Cunningham’s centennial is being celebrated worldwide in 2019 with performances, installations, films and other special events to honor his legacy. 

Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event (New York, Los Angeles, London)
This one-time special Cunningham Event, on what would have been his 100thbirthday (April 16, 2019), will be celebrated with live performance in each city. Taken together, this is the largest Cunningham Event ever.

In Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event,  each of the three participating institutions—the Barbican, London, BAM in New York City, and CAP UCLA in Los Angeles—will present a seventy-five (75) minute performance comprised of 100 solos choreographed by Merce Cunningham. In each city, a former dancer experienced in creating Cunningham Events will work with an associate stager and other Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumni to impart the choreography to a new generation of dancers.