Preview of Merce Cunningham's new dance, BIPED

Paul Kaiser (
Fri, 14 May 1999 22:19:29 -0400

You may be interested in a sneak preview of Merce Cunningham's newest dance,
BIPED, being presented by the Guggenheim Works and Process Series. The event
will be held at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, at the Guggenheim Museum on
Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 23, at 8pm and will be immediately followed
by a cocktail reception. The Guggenheim Museum is located on 5th Avenue, at
89th Street. Tickets are $15; $10 for members, students, and seniors; box
office: 212/423-3587.

BIPED will have its New York premiere on July 21 and 24 at the New York
State Theater during the Lincoln Center Festival. BIPED is a collaboration
with composer Gavin Brayars and digital artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley
Eshkar. The decor for BIPED features the striking images of "hand-drawn"
virtual dancers enveloping the stage, projected against a huge scrim
covering the front of the stage. This special preview will give you a
glimpse of the cutting-edge stage technology and gain an understanding of
how it was created.

The presentation will include a lecture on the process of creating it (from
choreography to motion capture to digital animation), a preview of selected
sequences from the dance (featuring live Cunningham dancers and digital
projections), and a question and answer session followed by a cocktail

I hope you will be able to join us either on Sunday, May 23, or Monday, May

For those of you unable to make it to New York, we have posted brief
Quicktime excerpts from the animation at A European tour begins in
late August, with the North American tour scheduled for spring 2000. We will
post the known tour dates on our website next week

Paul Kaiser
306 W 38th St #402 | NY, NY 10018
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