CUNNINGHAM
CUNNINGHAM

CUNNINGHAM

Director Alla Kovgan

Production year 2019

Length 93min.

Country Germany/France/USA

SYNOPSIS

The film follows the career of the dance genius Merce Cunningham, who died in 2009 – from his early years as an impoverished dancer in 1940s New York to his rise to become one of biggest visionaries of modern dance – and portrays his artistic universe, along with that of his brilliant companions Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. We relive Cunningham‘s most important works – together with the dancers from the last generation of his ensemble.

Awards

Golden Starfish Award - Honorable Mention, Documentary Feature Section | Hamptons IFF, USA, 2019

CAST & CREW

Alla Kovgan
Alla Kovgan

Director

Producer(s)

Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick, Derrick Tseng

Script

Alla Kovgan

Director of Photography

Mko Malkhasyan

Production designer

Olivier Meidinger

Music by

Volker Bertelmann

Sound

Francis Wargnier

Edit

Alla Kovgan, Andrew Bird

Production company(ies)

Achtung Panda! Media, Arsam International, Chance Operations

Alla Kovgan

Alla Kovgan is a Boston-based filmmaker, born in Moscow (Russia). Her films have been presented worldwide. Since 1999, she has been involved with interdisciplinary collaborations, creating intermedia performances (with Kinodance Company), dance films and documentaries about dance. Since 2000, she has taught and curated dance film/avant-garde cinema as the programmer of St. Petersburg Dance FF Kinodance (Russia) and as a co-curator of Balagan Film Series (Boston).


Filmography

Belongings (1998, short), Aching (1999, short), Surface (2000, short), African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich (2002), Touch (2003, short), Arcus (2003, short), Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007), Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Co-dir.: Katrina Browne, Jude Ray, 2007), Nora (2008, short), Cunningham (2019).