John Cage and Merce Cunningham Residency recordings now available

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John Cage & Merce Cunningham at the Laban Centre in July 1980.

Our fantastic Archivist, Jane Fowler, has dug out some fascinating recordings of the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Summer Residency from 1980, which – thanks to Ronen Kozokaro – we have digitised and added to our online media streaming service, Trinity Laban eStream.

The Cage & Cunningham Residency occurred in July 1980 at the Laban Centre in Laurie Grove, and featured lectures, panel discussions and performances during its weeklong duration.

We’re very excited to make these recordings available on Trinity Laban eStream, and have digitised 13 recordings – including an audio recording of John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s performance of A Dialogue, as well as John Cage’s lecture on Music For Dance, and video recordings of the end of the residency performances. There’s also an audio recording of a panel discussion on the subject of ‘Collaboration or Coexistence: two approaches to inter-disciplinary work in the arts‘ which includes the following participants: Alistair McCauley (dance critic and writer); Keith Potter (composer, critic and musicologist); Louise Burns (Cunningham dancer); Chris Komar (Cunningham dancer); John Cage; Merce Cunningham; David Vaughan (dance critic and archivist); Peter Logan (artist); Bonnie Bird (ex-dancer and dance teacher); Val Bourne (from the Greater London Arts Association); Chairman John Thompson (visual artist, Dean, School of Art and Design, Goldsmiths’ College).

This fascinating collection forms part of our rapidly expanding electronic archive of Dance recordings, however, the vast majority of these can be only accessed within the Laban Library. For details of how you can arrange a visit, please take a look at our website. However, images from the residency are publicly available on the external portal of Trinity Laban eStream which can be accessed at http://video.trinitylaban.ac.uk (and clicking on Login as guest -> Archive -> Cage & Cunningham Residency -> Search).

For further details on the Archive within Trinity Laban, please contact j.fowler@trinitylaban.ac.uk, and for more about Trinity Laban eStream, contact i.peppiatt@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

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