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.
Golden Starfish Award - Honorable Mention, Documentary Feature Section | Hamptons IFF, USA, 2019
CAST & CREW
Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick, Derrick Tseng
Director of Photography
Alla Kovgan, Andrew Bird
Achtung Panda! Media, Arsam International, Chance Operations
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).
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).