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Cunningham

One choreographer defined 20th century modern dance.

“We don’t interpret something; we do something,” declares modernist choreographer Merce Cunningham. More than just a mantra the dance icon lived by, these words shape Alla Kovgan’s immersive and enthralling documentary.

Poster for the doc on choreographer  Merce Cunningham, CunninghamEschewing talking heads and rote biographical details, Cunningham showcases new re-creations of Cunningham’s work, performed by the last generation of dancers from his ensemble. 

The dance sequences are staged in tunnels, rooftops, parks and more, as the camera weaves through, around and above the performers – letting viewers feel like they’re part of the 14 revived pieces. 

Cunningham is a rich and lively tapestry that revels in the art but doesn’t overlook the man behind it.                  

– Sarah Ward, Screen International

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