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Talking Dance: Valda Setterfield and Sage Cowles



Join New York–based actor/dancer Valda Setterfield as she shares her history as part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in conversation with Sage Cowles.

Setterfield danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1961/1965–1975 and is a founding member of the Pick Up Performance Co(s). She received two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards, the most recent one for outstanding achievement. Setterfield played Marcel Duchamp in Bessie/Obie award winning The Mysteries & What’s So Funny?, and toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. In addition to Cunningham, she has worked with JoAnne Akalaitis, Woody Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Boris Charmatz, Caryl Churchill, Graciela Daniele, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, Carmen de Lavallade, Brian de Palma, Ain Gordon, David Gordon, Ivo van Hove, Don Mischer, Marie Rambert, Yvonne Rainer, Donald Saddler, Gus Solomons Jr., Jeanine Tesori, James Waring, Robert Wilson, and Mark Wing-Davey, among others.