About Assemblage

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Documentary, Experimental
Image courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Assemblage is a recently rediscovered lost film featuring the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and his early dance company performing in a public happening in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square in November 1968. A collaboration with film director (and former dancer) Richard Moore, Assemblage features Cunningham's riveting performance, which was conceived as a dance staged for the camera to be broadcast on public television, accompanied by astonishing special effects by Moore and a soundtrack by musicians John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. Colorized by filmmaker and frequent Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, Assemblage serves as a testament to Cunningham's groundbreaking investigations of dance and movement within the unique spaces of the filmic medium. (2K DCP presentation)

Melange (2000)
Directed by Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas
As a short accompaniment to Assemblage, Melange is a collaboration between Atlas, Cunningham, and Cage that remixes revised versions of three of Cunningham’s dances.

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