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In the multidisciplinary survey “Merce Cunningham:
Common Time,” the Walker Art Center continues its long history with the
modern master. Cunningham’s collaborations with visual artists (Jasper Johns,
Frank Stella, Andy Warhol) will be on view, and listening rooms for sound
scores (John Cage, David Tudor, Pauline Oliveros) will be available. Cunning-
ham “events” will be performed by his former dancers, and two complete
Cunningham works will be danced by CCN–Ballet de Lorraine at the
Northrop auditorium. The Walker has commissioned a premiere by Maria
Hassabi, who often treads the line between live performance and gallery
installation. The performances continue in March with a sci-fi/techno hybrid by
former Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and in May
with a commissioned work by Beth Gill. A parallel event will be presented
at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Feb. 8–Sept. 10 in Minneapolis.
walkerart.org. Feb. 11–Apr. 30 in Chicago. mcachicago.org.
Off the Yellow Brick Road
There’s no place like Oz. Tulsa Ballet’s new million-dollar
co-production with BalletMet, tentatively titled Dorothy and the
Prince of Oz, capitalizes on audiences’ familiarity with L. Frank
Baum’s tales, but presents a brand-new Dorothy adventure based,
in part, on the last book in the series. Choreographer (and
BalletMet artistic director) Edwaard Liang, librettist/composer
Oliver Peter Graber and puppet designer Basil Twist fashion a
fantastical tale of romance between Dorothy and the Prince of Oz
while creating a fable of parenting in the Prince’s relationship with
his warring parents, King Sapphire and Queen Diamond.
Feb. 10–12. tulsaballet.org.
rehearses with ballet
mistress Daniela Buson.
Above: Mitchell + Riener’s
collaboration with Charles
Atlas. Here: Cunningham,
Cage (right) and the
company on tour in 1966