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MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY
DECOR & COSTUMES
DOVE BRADSHAW Catalogue PDF


Attracted by her use of indeterminacy, the practice of using chance and natural forces to act upon her work, Cunningham invited Dove Bradshaw, along with William Anastasi, to become joint Artistic Advisors to his dance company in 1984. The resonances between Bradshaw’s work and that of Cunning-ham’s are clear; both made extensive use of chance pro-cedures as part of their creation. Bradshaw’s Contingency Series abandons trad-itional artistic practices and uses materials that react differently depending on environmental conditions, just as Cunningham abandons not only musical forms, but narrative and other conventional elements of dance composiition—such as cause and effect, and climax and anticlimax.

Stephen Jones
Christies 2011 Spring Catalogue

PHRASES, 1984
World Première, Théâtre Municipal d'Angers, France                                                                                                      
Music
David Tudor
                                                                                                                                                     
Set
William Anastasi                                                                                                                        

Costumes and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 


ARCADE, 1985
Premiere: City Center, New York
Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia, 1986

Choreography
Merce Cunningham

Music
John Cage, Etudes Boreales I-IV, 1978

Decor and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS IN SPACE
Premiere: BBC Broadcast, 1986

Choreography
Merce Cunningham

Music
John Cage, Voiceless Essay, 1985

Sets
William Anastasi

Costumes and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

F A B R I C A T I O N S
Premiere: Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN, 1987

Choreography
Merce Cunningham

Music
Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, Short Wave,1985

Decor and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

CARGO X
Premiere:
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1989

Choreography
Merce Cunningham

Music
Takehis Kosugi, Spectra, 1989

Decor and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T R A C K E R S
Premiere: City Center, New York, 1990


Choreography
Merce Cunningham


Music:
Emanual Dimas de Melo Pimenta, Gravitational Sounds, 1990


Decor and Lighting
Dove Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

Appointed Co-Artistic Advisor with William Anastas, 1984- 2012

   

Dennis O’Connor, Karen Radford, Lise Friedman, Robert Swinston, Alan Good, Patricia Lent, Rob Remley, Chris Komar

 

Color choices based on Piet Mondrian
Wall Work II, 1943-1944, colored cardboard, 87 ½ x 49 inches
Mondrian Trust, Haddam, Connecticut

 

“…modern architecture has to realize in its buildings the es sential content of painting and sculpture. It must establish pure relationship through the pure means of expression: form and color. This signifies that it has to establish equivalent proportions and not employ color as decoration, but as a constructive part of the building.” Piet Mondrian

 

Helen Barrow, Susan Quinn Young, Robert Swinston, Catherine Kerr

Alan Good, Megan Walker

Denis O'Conner, Patricia Lent

Robert Remley, Helen Barrow

Robert Swinston, Catherine Kerr

Catherine Kerr, Merce Cunningham

   

Inspiration for Arcade set and costume design: Without Title, 1983
Oil, lead, paper, 6 3/8 x 3 5/16 inches
Collection of Alison Bradshaw, New York
 

Catherine Kerr, Alan Good


Catherine Kerr, Alan Good

Catherine Kerr, Alan Good, Patricia Lent, Karen Radford, Neil Greenber, Susan Quinn Young

Susan Quinn Young, Niel Greenberg, Kristy Santimeyer, unidentified



Rob Remley, Niel Greenberg, undentified dancer, Karen Radford, Susan Quinn Young

Karen Radford, Victoria Finlaysen, Kevin Schroeder, Susan Quinn Young

Robert Swinston, Patricia Lent



Susan Quinn Young, Kevin Schroeder, Victoria Finlaysen, Karen Radford
   

 

 



William Anastasi
Design for the Points In Space ‘red’ set: Without Title, 1984
Graphite, crayon, tape, newsprint on paper
Circa 12 x 5 6/8 inch detail from a 45 x 35 inch work
 

Points In Space costume design, 1986, Dove Bradshaw

 

Alan Good, Catherine Kerr



David Kulik, Helen Barrow, Catherine Kerr, Kevin Schroeder

Chris Komar, Robert Swinston, Karen Radford

 

William Anastasi
Design for the Points In Space ‘yellow’ set: Without Title, 1984
Graphite, crayon, tape, newsprint on paper
Circa 12 x 5 6/8 inch detail of a 45 x 35 inch work
 

Catherine Kerr, Robert Swinston, Helen Barrow
 

William Anastasi
Design for the Points In Space ‘blue’ set: Without Title, 1984
Graphite, crayon, tape, newsprint on paper
Circa 12 x 5 6/8 inch detail from a 45 x 35 inch work
 

Merce Cunningham, Helen Barrow

   

Dove Bradshaw: Set design Without Title, 1987
Oil, liquin, caryan d’ache, china marker,
graphite, colored pencil on mylar, 36 x 52 inches
Collection of Gina and Dexter Williams, Los Angeles
Detail of the original: the Brooklyn Museum, New York

 

Robert Remley, Robert Swinston, Dennis O'Conner, Karen Radford, Chris Komar, Merce Cunningham

Helen Barrow, Karen Radford, Victoria Finlaysen, Alan Good



Robert Swinston, Allan Good

Karen Radford, David Kulick, Kristy Santimeyer



Merce Cunningham, Helen Barrow, Patricia Lent, Victoria Finlaysen, Helen Barrow


David Kulick, Chris Komar, Dennis O'Conner

Helen Barrow, Carol Teitlebaum, Victoria Finlaysen, Dennis O'Conner

Dennis O'Conner, Helen Barrow

   

Robert Wood, Larissa McGoldrick, Emma Diamond, David Kulick, Dennis O’Conner, Kimberly Bartosik


Robert Wood, Emma Diamond, David Kulik, Christy Santimeyer

Christy Santimeyer, Robert Wood, Larissa McGoldrick, Emma Diamond, Dennis O'Conner



David Kulick, Robert Wood, Larissa McGoldrick, Emma Diamond, Kimberly Bartosik, Christy Santimeyer, Dennis O'Conner

Robert Wood, Larissa McGoldrick, Dennis O'Conner, Emma Diamond, David Kulick, Kimberly Bartosik, Christy Santimeyer

Larissa McGoldrik, Dennis O'Conner, Emma Diamond, Christy Santimeyer, Kimerly Bartosik, David Kulick

 

 

Choreography: Merce Cunningham [Trackers], 1991, 3 ½ minute duet
Red: female, black: male; Ink on paper, 11 x 8 ½ inches
Collection: Dove Bradshaw and William Anastasi

 

Chris Komar, Carol Teitlebaum, Emily Navarre, Emma Diamond

 

Emma Diamond, Chris Komar, Michael Cole



Michael Cole, Emma Diamond, Carol Teitlebaum, Emily Navarre

Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Christy Santimeyer, Emma Diamond, Michael Cole, Randell Saunderson, Carol Teitlebaum, unidentified dancer

 

 



Helen Barrow, Emily Navar, Kimberly Bartosik

Carol Teitlebaum, Helen Barrow

Emily Navar, Joseph Lennon, Randall Sanderson, Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Chris Komar, Emma Diamond

Merce Cunningham