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Common Time: Dance Workshops

Part of Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Join former Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) members in the Walker’s McGuire Theater for a series of workshops that explore Cunningham dance technique and practice. Choose one or both sessions. Classes are limited to 30 participants.

Movement in Time and Space: An Introduction to Cunningham Technique®

Tuesday, April 4, 2 pm
This class introduces the technique developed by Merce Cunningham to train dancers for his company. The session begins with a warm-up designed to promote rhythmic accuracy, clarity of form, and spatial acuity. Participants will then learn diverse movement phrases drawn from Cunningham’s choreography. For intermediate/advanced levels. Taught by former MCDC member Andrea Weber.

Using Chance: An Introduction to Chance Procedures as Used in the Work of Merce Cunningham

Tuesday, April 4, 6 pm
This workshop introduces Merce Cunningham’s use of chance procedures as a choreographic tool. Participants learn to use chance operations to invent their own movement phrase and to manipulate that phrase in time and space. At the conclusion of the session, participants will discuss the impact of this approach on their own creative process. Open to all levels of experience. Taught by former MCDC member Dylan Crossman.


Merce Cunningham: Common Time is organized by the Walker Art Center. Lead support for the project is provided by the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support is also provided by Agnes Gund and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Major support for the Walker’s commissions and presentation is provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional support is generously provided by Molly Davies, the Goodale Family Foundation, the HRK Foundation, Pamela and C. Richard Kramlich, Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, Linda and Larry Perlman, Barbara Pine, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Unity Avenue Foundation in memory of Sage and John Cowles. Media partner Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.