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Merce CunninghamAfter the Arbitrary$
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Carrie Noland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226541105

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226541389.001.0001

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Nine Permanent Emotions and Sixteen Dances

Nine Permanent Emotions and Sixteen Dances

Drama in Cunningham

(p.64) (3) Nine Permanent Emotions and Sixteen Dances
Merce Cunningham

Carrie Noland

University of Chicago Press

Here I look more closely at the theatrical influences on Cunningham, including the rasa theory of classical Hindu drama and the Stanislavsky method.I show that even in his least explicitly narrative or dramatic dances, representational or expressive modes are present in small but potent doses. The chapter focuses on Sixteen Dances for Soloist and Company of Three (1951) and Antic Meet (1958), but it also suggests that drama infuses other, less obviously theatrical dances in his repertory.

Keywords:   rasa, Hindu drama, Stanislavsky, Sixteen Dances for Soloist and Company of Three, Antic Meet, theatrical, theatricality

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