Biped Merce Cunningham


January 23, 2019


La Roche, France

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Biped is one of the most successful dance works created by Merce Cunningham, with music by Gavin Bryars and design by Paul Kaiser and Shelly Eshkar. After Merce’s death in 2009 the company continued to tour the work, along with other works in the repertoire, until the end of 2011.

Biped was subsequently licensed to the Bavarian State Ballet, who gave many performances in Munich, as well as one in Rouen. For all these performances the music was played live, as are the new performances with Angers. Its artistic director is Robert Swinston, one of Cunningham’s principle dancers for many years, and subsequently Merce’s assistant. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Katie Wilkinson, viola.

The work is now licensed to the National Dance Company of Angers, France. As with all the licensed performances, the dance is directed by Robert Swinston, long time associate of Merce.

Biped will be performed along with Merce’s work Beach Birds, with music by John Cage, played by the same musicians.

Gavin Bryars