One of ten performances and installations taking place at Eagle Rock’s Welcome Inn, Field Activity (2012) was inspired by documents describing Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances performance (1963), and was performed as part of the Pacific Standard Time Art and Performance Festival.

Location: Rooms 11, 25, and adjacent stairway
Performance times: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30
Anita Pace, choreographer
Anita Pace, Michelle Lai, performers

Sunday, January 29, 2012 4pm 10pm Performance
Welcome Inn 1840 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041


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.