The Resource Ocean, concept, Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; choreography, Merce Cunningham ; a film by Charles Atlas

Ocean, concept, Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; choreography, Merce Cunningham ; a film by Charles Atlas

Label
Ocean
Title
Ocean
Statement of responsibility
concept, Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; choreography, Merce Cunningham ; a film by Charles Atlas
Creator
Contributor
Choreographer
Composer
Director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ocean (1994), one of Merce Cunningham's most ambitious works, was originally conceived by John Cage in 1991 as a dance to be performed in the round, with the audience surrounding the dancers, and the musicians (112 of them) surrounding the audience. Although it was not possible for the two to realize this project at the time, a commission for performances in Brussels and Amsterdam in 1994 later made this grand concept a reality. Cunningham choreographed the work in nineteen sections, using a chance process based on the number of hexagrams in the I Ching-64 that was then doubled for length. This multiplicity of phrases allowed for solos, duets, trios, quartets, and group sections. To accustom the dancers to dancing in the round, Cunningham told them "you have to put yourself on a merry-go-round that keeps turning all the time." Andrew Culver, following Cage's concept, composed Ocean 1-95 for an unamplified orchestra of 122 or 150, to be performed in the round with the aid of video monitors displaying clock time for the musicians' reference. The piece is complemented by David Tudor's Soundings: Ocean Diary, which is performed simultaneously. This electronic composition, scored for four or more musicians, is amplified with two rings of speakers. Marsha Skinner designed unitards in varied colors for all of the dancers as well as iridescent chiffon dresses for the women to don during the course of the dance. Filmmaker and longtime Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas filmed the last performances of Ocean, held in the Rainbow Quarry in Minnesota, September 2008. Using a five-camera crew, Atlas filmed three performances of this epic production, which he then edited into a single film. Atlas's films stand as the final living record of many of Cunningham's seminal works, and the feature-length Ocean marked his final Cunningham project
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
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Ocean (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Language note
  • In English
  • Original language in English
PerformerNote
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
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  • 1953-
  • 1926-1996
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  • Atlas, Charles
  • Cunningham, Merce
  • Culver, Andrew
  • Tudor, David
  • Cage, John
Runtime
101
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Performance
Target audience
adult
Label
Ocean, concept, Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; choreography, Merce Cunningham ; a film by Charles Atlas
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from resource description page (viewed April 11, 2017)
  • Soundings : ocean diary / by David Tudor
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (101 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)3391294
  • (VaAlASP)ASP3391294/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000133317
Video recording format
other
Label
Ocean, concept, Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; choreography, Merce Cunningham ; a film by Charles Atlas
Publication
Note
  • Title from resource description page (viewed April 11, 2017)
  • Soundings : ocean diary / by David Tudor
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (101 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)3391294
  • (VaAlASP)ASP3391294/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000133317
Video recording format
other

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