Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

TALKING/DANCING/ DANCEFORMS: MERCE CUNNINGHAM'S FINAL TECHNOLOGY
a lecture by holley farmer, visiting professor, mills college, with annabel clarence

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 AT 4:15-5:15PM IN PIGOTT THEATER, MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM COMPLEX

Throughout his life, the choreographer Merce Cunningham investigated technology that would allow him to see movement in new ways. In the last decades of his life, he used what he called a "dance computer," to develop new works. At the age of 90, he continued to work with the software, DanceForms, interfacing the capacities of the human body with a computer-generated figure. It allowed Cunningham to create new dance which embraces Baroque complexity -- and verges on the physically extreme. Holley Farmer will discuss what this felt and looked like, describing what she calls "the gorgeously maddening process of pitting her own body against the computer modeled DanceForms body." After dancing in the merge Cunningham Dance Company for twelve years (1997 - 2009), during which time Merce created 12 original roles for her, Holley remains fascinated by the interface of creativity and technology.

Farmer is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for sustained achievement. In 2010, she danced on Broadway, originating the principal role of Babe in Twyla Tharp's "Come Fly Away," for which she received an Astaire Award nomination. Recently, she has danced as a solo artist at New York Live Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design, La Mama, Joyce Theater, and Z Below. She has danced for the Theater Ballet of Canada, director Harold Prince's "The Phantom of the Opera," and the Oakland Ballet. She hold a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in dance from the University of Washington. After a year as Artist in Residence, she is now Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College.

APRIL 22, 2014 at 4:15-5:15pm
PIGOTT THEATER IN THE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM COMPLEX

FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where to go

This event will take place in Pigott Theater, located in the Memorial Auditorium complex. For directions to the theater, click HERE and look under "Directions and Parking Information."

PARKING

Parking on campus is free after 4pm on weekdays. Before 4pm, parking is $0.25 per 10 minutes, payable through meters or machines on Memorial Way. For specific parking locations for Pigott Theater, click HERE and look under "Directions and Parking Information."

RUNNING TIME

This event will run appropximately one hour.