• Staying Alive

    4 monthes ago - By Open Space

    Carolyn Brown and Merce Cunningham performing Summerspace with backdrop and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg; Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1970.
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    On a Thursday in the winter of 2010, I left my job in midtown early, took the 1 train down to 14th Street, and walked west to the Merce Cunningham Studio, arriving just in time for the 6 p.m. beginner-level class. “The only way to do it is to do it,” Cunningham said, and the only way to learn the Cunningham technique, which I'd been wanting to do for a while, was to start taking class.
    The teacher that night was a nice, straightforward guy named...
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