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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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“Passion in Slow Motion”

“Passion in Slow Motion”

Suite for Five and the Photographic Impulse

(p.92) (4) “Passion in Slow Motion”
Merce Cunningham

Carrie Noland

University of Chicago Press

Cunningham began employing the photograph as content in "Extended Moment," a duet in Suite for Five that he choreographed for himself and Carolyn Brown in 1958. A study of the Choreographic Records reveals that he recycled poses from earlier dances that had been captured by his friend, Louis Stevenson, in a set of studio stills. I argue that Cunningham displays a “photographic sensibility” that punctuates heightened passion with rhythmic interruption. By integrating studio stills into his movement gamut, he brings out the theatricality of the photograph while simultaneously underscoring the montage-like quality of dance.

Keywords:   Carolyn Brown, Choreographic Records, Extended Moment, Suite for Five, recycled, Louis Stevenson, photographic sensibility, photograph, photographic, montage

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