Field Activity, 2012 (inspired by documents describing Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances performance, 1963)



Performance times: 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Cunningham abandoned the traditional collaborative process among choreographer, composer, and designer while liberating his dancers from hierarchical symmetrical patterns, allowing the audience the choice of where and at whom to look. The possibilities for choreographic invention appeared limitless. Field Dances was originally performed as a part of the UCLA premiere of Variations IV. Choreographer Anita Pace revisits this work, using Cage’s description of Variations IV – ‘samsara’, ‘the turmoil of everyday life’ – as impetus for the movement gestalt.