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Merce Cunningham’s Nearly Ninety
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Yesterday I received that email. This being the second infringement, I must seem like quite a hooligan. The first video removed for copyright included clips from The Public Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After learning a lot about Actor’s Equity I was less surprised that my video was taken down. It’s probably for the best, if only because the stream of comments (which on Youtube seem to be inordinately nasty) was starting to get to me.
This video was also a clip of a performance–about 2 minutes from what I recall–of Merce Cunningham’s Nearly Ninety, a performance that happened shortly before the choreographer’s death. I don’t know if there is a Dancer’s Equity involved, but again it’s disappointing. I posted it with the best of intents: to share something awesome that a lot of people hadn’t had the opportunity to see. Because it was such a short clip giving full credits to the organization and because I wasn’t trying to capitalize on it any way, I’m unclear how it harms the Cunningham Dance Foundation. I suppose if I were them I might argue that I make the performance look bad, with my grainy clips taken from my nosebleed seat of a few to 30 seconds breaking up the flow of the piece. I’m amazed that somebody noticed my video of a year or so ago at all, and then proceeded to take action to have it removed.