The Resource Squaregame Video

Squaregame Video

Label
Squaregame Video
Title
Squaregame Video
Creator
Contributor
Choreographer
Composer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As its title suggests, this playful piece is much like a game. Squaregame was first performed on a surface resembling an athletic court. The set design by Mark Lancaster consisted of a white floor cloth surrounded by bands of green Astroturf - otherwise the stage was bare - and the costumes were practice clothes, with the dancers dressed in sweatpants and ankle socks. The duffel bags that defined the space played a part in the choreography: inactive dancers would sit on or against them on the sidelines, as if they were on the sidelines at a sporting event. A recurring theme was that of people hanging on to others and being carried or dragged along by them. This can be seen several times throughout the dance, as in when one of the male dancers lunged from side to side, doing a series of contractions, with a female dancer hanging on to his waist. In the finale, the dancers toss the duffel bags back and forth before assembling in a tableau resembling a family portrait. Squaregame was the first Cunningham dance for which Takehisa Kosugi wrote the score. S.E. Wave/E.W. Song explores the use of "ready-made" materials consisting of several pre-existing pieces of music and text that are then manipulated by the musicians. Two children's songs are used in sections for violin and melodica, wherein the musicians play notes from the songs backwards, out of order, and in other non-standard manners. Similarly, pre-existing texts are explored using experimental methods in the vocal sections. During performance, the instrumental performances and vocalizations are treated with delay and phaser effects of varying densities, and spatialized to created a 6-channel soundscape. Cunningham conceived Squaregame while on tour with a video adaptation in mind. The resulting Squaregame Video was created during a period of prolific video explorations in collaboration with director Charles Atlas. The choreography fit in a square area measured upon the larger rectangular space of the stage that was then transposed to the Westbeth studio for filming. Shot on a recently acquired black and white video camera, the film is the only document of Cunningham performing the dance with the original cast
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
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Squaregame (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Language note
  • In English
  • Original language in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Cunningham, Merce
  • Kosugi, Takehisa
Runtime
27
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Performance
Target audience
adult
Label
Squaregame Video
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed April 11, 2017)
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 (27 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)3391306
  • (VaAlASP)ASP3391306/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000133316
Video recording format
other
Label
Squaregame Video
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed April 11, 2017)
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 (27 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)3391306
  • (VaAlASP)ASP3391306/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000133316
Video recording format
other

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