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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Cunningham, music by Satie, and design by R. Charlip. Premiered by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Black Mountain College, N. Carolina, on 22 Aug. 1953, with Cunningham, C. Brown, Farber, Melsher, Charlip, P. Taylor, and Dencks. This alternately grave and witty setting of Satie's Trois morceaux en forme de poire is one of Cunningham's rare surviving settings of a pre-existent score. Created in seven movements it is now performed by a cast of six (rather than the original seven). It has been revived for Rambert Dance Company (Glasgow, 1987), Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, 1989), White Oak Dance Project (Fort Lauderdale, 1996), and others.

Subjects: Dance.

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