Merce Cunningham’s Nearly Ninety at BAM

So this is your very dance-uniformed reviewer thanking her lucky stars that she brought her camera with her last night. I wouldn’t know how to describe what I saw properly. I caught the sold-out production of Nearly Ninety arranged by legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. Cunningham is a legend, but not one I had heard of when I bought these tickets months ago–I came for Sonic Youth.

As you can see in this short video, this was no Sonic Youth concert, but it was a interesting and exciting collaboration. I enjoyed it, but let me say that the experimental music did not strive to be harmonious and the dance was at times slow. The glittery spaceship-like set that the musicians played on and the black and white costumes were great. But check out some snippets for yourself and see what you think. And don’t hesitate to enlighten me!

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