Merce Cunningham Centennial London Residency

The Merce Cunningham Trust Residency held at Studio Wayne McGregor will feature a comprehensive series of workshops, panels and events in February and March 2019 at our studios at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Studio Wayne McGregor is supporting the Merce Cunningham Trust's Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event as part of our FreeSpace programme by providing space and facilities for rehearsals for the London performance. In exchange, the range of free and ticketed activities available during the residency will give the local East London, and wider London communities, rare and exciting opportunities to engage with Cunningham's work, at Studio Wayne McGregor.

About Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
On April 16, 2019 - the late, legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday - the largest Cunningham Event ever staged will take place in London, New York City, and Los Angeles.
 
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event is a multi-city performance will bring together 75 dancers from around the world. At each of the venues - the Barbican in London, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City, and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance in Los Angeles - 25 of the dancers, along with an ensemble of musicians at the vanguard of contemporary music, will perform a distinct, 75-minute event that consists of a unique selection of 100 solos choreographed by Cunningham.

Visit the Barbican website to view the list of dancers who will be rehearsing at Studio Wayne McGregor for the London performance on 16 April 2019.

For more information on the global Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, visit the Merce Cunningham Trust website mercecunningham.org/activities/centennial.


This programme is part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Programs.
Centennial Community Programs are supported with a major grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Cunningham Centennial is generously supported with major funding from the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the American Express Foundation and Judith Pisar. Additional funding has been provided by the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Judy and Alan Fishman, Molly Davies, Myra Malkin and Barbara Pine.


Images: Merce Cunningham Trust

The Residency
At Studio Wayne McGregor, Merce Cunningham Trust Centennial Producer Trevor Carlson will lead a Chance Procedures Workshop for Families and a DanceForms Workshop for adults; former Cunningham dancers will lead open company classes and a professional level lab. The workshop series will also feature open rehearsal days throughout February and March, as well as talk, Preserving a Dance Legacy: The Cunningham Legacy Plan.

All events require booking in advance, including free events, and take place at Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. Find out How to Get Here.

Chance Procedures Workshop for Families
This workshop’s focus is about engaging one of Merce Cunningham’s choreographic tools in a playful way for families. Participants of all ages will creatively interact using Chance Procedures through the use of dice as if playing a game together. Acting as both choreographers and dancers, the individuals will share the unique viewpoint of seeing this process as both creator and performer. Together, and using the tools Cunningham used, participants will create their own dance together. 
Children aged 6 years and over, all children must be accompanied by their parent/s or carer/s.
25 places available.

Date: Saturday 2 March
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tickets: £2 per adult/child
Booking link: Saturday 2 March


Professional lab

This choreographic lab is for professional dancers and vocational dance students led by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer Jeannie Steele.
25 places available.

Date: Sunday 3 March
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tickets: £10 per person 
Book on Eventbrite: Sunday 3 March


Talk: Preserving a Dance Legacy: The Cunningham Legacy Plan
Trevor Carlson, former Executive Director of the Cunningham Dance Foundation, will explore the topic of artist legacies, based on his experience of creating and implementing the legacy plan for the Cunningham Company.
Free to attend, 40 places available.

Date: Thursday 7 March
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets: Free (booking essential)
Book on Eventbrite: Thursday 7 March

DanceForms Workshop
Merce Cunningham used DanceForms, a dance animation software program, as a choreographic tool in his last two decades as a choreographer. This DanceForms Workshop is an interesting point of entry into Cunningham’s philosophy and working process as collaboration, technology, and a constant pursuit for the new and unknown were trademarks of Merce Cunningham’s vision as an artist. The DanceForms Workshop is appropriate for a variety of different participants, aged 18 years and over, with varying backgrounds and interests. Prior workshops have included professional educators, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, graphic designers, musicians, composers. No previous dance experience required.
The workshop will run over two days - Saturday 9 March and Sunday 10 March, 9:30am to 2:00pm on each day. Note: Attendees are asked to bring a laptop (Mac or PC) for this workshop, a link to a free download of the DanceForms programme will be sent by in advance of the workshop.
25 places available.

Dates: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March
Time: 9:30am-2:00pm (both days)
Tickets: £20 per person
Book on Eventbrite: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March

Open Company Class
Professional dancers can join company class with the dancers rehearsing for the London performance.
10 places available per class.

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28 February; 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 March 2019
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Tickets: Free (booking essential) 
Book on Eventbrite: Monday 25 FebruaryTuesday 26 February | Wednesday 27 February | Thursday 28 FebruaryFriday 1 MarchMonday 4 March | Tuesday 5 March | Wednesday 6 March | Thursday 7 March | Friday 8 March


Open Rehearsal
Step inside the studio to watch the dancers in rehearsal for the London performance of Night of 100 Solos. During the hour rehearsal time, attendees will watch two different rehearsals for 30 minutes each. 4 places are available per time-slot.

Dates: 27 February; 4, 6, 8 March
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm / 3:00pm - 4:00pm / 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tickets: Free (booking essential)
Book on Eventbrite:

Wednesday 27 February
2:00pm-3:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:00pm

Monday 4 March
2:00pm-3:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:00pm

Wednesday 6 March
2:00pm-3:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:00pm

Friday 8 March
2:00pm-3:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:00pm