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The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival... See more »

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Alla Kovgan

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Alla Kovgan ... ()

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Helge Albers ... producer
Annie Dautane ... associate producer
Elizabeth Delude-Dix ... producer
Stephanie Dillon ... executive producer
Kelly Gilpatrick ... producer
Ilann Girard ... producer
Oli Harbottle ... executive producer
Marie-Noëlle Hauville ... line producer
Alla Kovgan ... producer
Andreas Roald ... executive producer
Derrick Tseng ... producer
Laura Weber ... associate producer / line producer
Dan Wechsler ... co-producer

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Volker Bertelmann

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Mko Malkhasyan

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Alla Kovgan

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Andrew Bird ... consulting editor
Sergio Ochoa ... on-line editor
Mieke Ulfig ... archive sequences design

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Olivier Meidinger

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Dedalus Wainwright

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Jeffrey Wirsing

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Charlotte Fleck ... makeup artist
Sarah Heidelberger Guzmán ... makeup artist
Tim Scheidig ... additional makeup artist / assistant makeup artist

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Guy Courtecuisse ... post-production supervisor
Juan Galva ... post-production supervisor: Germany
Jan Onken ... set manager
Claus Reichel ... unit manager

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Fabian Djied ... property master: indoor
Daniela Herzberg ... assistant production designer
Felix Michel ... set builder
Godja Momsen ... painter
Axel Scholz ... prop builder
Wolfgang Sommer ... carpenter
Christian Spörlein ... carpenter
Peer Stanko ... carpenter
Edda Staubach ... assistant production designer
Felix Weyers ... carpenter
Michael Wirth ... carpenter

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Oliver Stahn ... sound recordist
Francis Wargnier ... sound designer / sound mixer

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Björn Bohlens ... assistant light
Mathieu Brémond ... gaffer
Jean Chesneau ... grip
Josephine Derobe ... director of stereography / still photographer
Kai Finnigan ... key grip
Thomas Hofmann ... best boy grip
Sebastian Koch ... assistant light
Josua Moritz ... assistant light
Thierry Pouffary ... 3d technical director and digital imaging technician
Jaro Schönefeld ... second assistant camera

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Hanna Pulkkinen ... assistant costume designer

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Dorothee Leuck ... location scout
Christian Strang ... location scout

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Tobias Bürger ... guitar
Gregor Keienburg ... pro tools engineer
Moritz Kolb ... cello
Daniel Kresco ... score mixer
Stefan Kuerten ... guitar
Roland Nebe ... pro tools engineer
Ioannis Petrakis ... violin
Julian Prießen ... guitar
Lennart Saathoff ... guitar: composer: additional music
Ben Winkler ... pro tools engineer
Viktor Orri Árnason ... violin: viola

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Christoph Cordes ... production driver
Detlev Nocke ... production driver
Dario Soto Vecchio ... production driver

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Margaret Anderson ... researcher
Philip Borbély ... studio facilities
Emma Brown ... researcher
Jennifer Goggans ... director of choreography
Olga Goister ... Office Assistant
Bastian Griese ... studio facilities
Michael Konstabel ... archive clearance
Alla Kovgan ... researcher
Hannah Subotnick ... researcher
Robert Swinston ... supervising director of choreography
Wakako Tezen ... researcher
Dedalus Wainwright ... graphic modeling for storyboards
Zulema Young-Toledo ... intern

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Talal Al-Muhanna ... special thanks
Carolyn Brown ... special thanks
Oliver Damian ... very special thanks
Nina Davenport ... special thanks
Barbara Lloyd Dilley ... special thanks
Marc Downie ... special thanks
Dick Fontaine ... special thanks
Joan Frosch ... special thanks
Robert Greskovic ... special thanks
Hannah Higgins ... special thanks
David Hinton ... special thanks
Paul Kaiser ... special thanks
Peter Kayafas ... special thanks
Laura Diane Kuhn ... special thanks
Lew Lloyd ... special thanks
Alastair Macaulay ... special thanks
Julie Maritin ... special thanks
Carrie Noland ... special thanks
D.A. Pennebaker ... special thanks
Marianne Preger-Simon ... special thanks
Chris Rauschenberg ... special thanks
Dan Schrecker ... special thanks
Valda Setterfield ... special thanks
Jeff Slayton ... special thanks
Gus Solomons Jr. ... special thanks
Stan Vanderbeek ... special thanks
Ekaterina Vasenina ... special thanks
Lioudmila Voropai ... special thanks
Susan Weil ... special thanks
David White ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Even for those who know little about dance, Merce Cunningham is a recognizable name - an iconic figure in his field. His mid-20th century collaborations with composer John Cage (his lifelong partner) and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg were central to an era of transformation. Cunningham resisted "avant-garde" or any other label. "I don't describe it. I do it," he once said. Now, with Cunningham, we have a chance to experience what he did. Filmmaker Alla Kovgan assembles the last generation of Cunningham dancers (led by Merce Cunningham Dance Company assistant director of choreography Jennifer Goggans) to present landmark works from the Cunningham repertoire. The film concentrates on the three decades from 1942 to 1972 when Cunningham was making his reputation. Gorgeously shot in 3D, Cunningham brings us closer to these works than any audience has ever been before. Taking an inventive approach with locations, the film places dancers in evocative backdrops such as a tunnel, a high-rise rooftop, and a forest. These current-day performances are interlaced with archival footage of Cunningham speaking and moving. We also hear illuminating interviews with Cage, Rauschenberg, and members of the original Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who endured years of rejection and outrage before they slowly won over audiences. "I never believed that idea that dancing was the greatest of the arts," said Cunningham. "But when it clicks, there's the rub. It becomes memorable. And one can be seduced all over again." Whether you come to Cunningham as a neophyte or an aficionado, you'll leave with a rich experience of his art. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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