Merce Cunningham: Biped


September 12, 2018


Lyon, Angers, Le Mans and others

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Merce Cunningham: Biped

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 will be the new performances. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electfric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Morgan Goff, 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.

There are several performances from September onwards, with further performances probable in 2019, the centenary year of Merce’s birth.


12-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

13-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

14-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

20-sept.-18        Les Quinconces, Le Mans

26-sept.-18        Le Quai CDN, Angers

27-sept.-18        Le Quai CDN, Angers

10-jan.-19         Théâtre de Laval

22-jan.-19         Le Grand R, La Roche-sur-Yon

12-march-19      Le Volcan, Le Havre

14-march-19      La Barcarolle, Arques

19-march-19      Le Bateau Feu, Dunkerque


After that, we have strong options for:

  • Festival Montpellier Danse (between June 21stand July 7th2019) probably with a serie of 5 performances
  • Festival Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse, Biarritz (between September 6 to 15, 2019)
  • Festival d’Automne in Paris (October and November 2019)
  • Culturgest in Lisboa (November 2019)




Last bow, GB, Paris Dec 23 2011

Gavin Bryars