This DVD is the first of a two part series of educational programs and is an introduction to a number of the elements that comprise the basis of the Cunningham technique for dancers as given in the Westbeth studio in New York. Sequential exercises and simple combinations of movements are demonstrated by the dancers, intercut with teacher demonstrations in technique class. Cunningham's commentary provides an explanation of each exercise: "My purpose has not been to make a technique but to make exercises which are useful for the purpose of training dancers. Dance technique is flexible. The whole point in art, in life, is flexibility."
"This is an excellent addition to the current dance collections of college libraries. Cross-disciplinary connections can be made with education, aesthetics, human anatomy and visual arts."-Choice
Instructors: Merce Cunningham, Susan Alexander, Ruth Barnes, June Finch, Susanna Hayman-Chaffey, Chris Komar
Dancers: Alison Cutri, Jill Diamond, Nancy Langsner, Kate Troughton