ROARATORIO: Irish Dance and the Cunningham Technique

In 1983 Merce Cunningham devised a dance to John Cage’s Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegan’s Wake. The dancer/ choreographers Jean Butler (Riverdance) and Silas Riener (Merce Cunningham Co.) lead a groundbreaking Atelier that investigates the relationship between the seemingly disparate forms of Irish Step Dance and the Merce Cunningham Technique. Paramount to the course will be discussions on, and examination of, cultural appropriation, legacy, tradition and how these ideas transform new expression through experimentation. The course will culminate in an informal evening of performance integrating research findings across genres.

Open enrollment — no application necessary.




Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm