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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Cunningham, music by Morton Feldman, and design by Rauschenberg. Premiered 17 Aug. 1958 by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, with Cunningham, Brown, Farber, and Charlip. It is choreographed for six dancers and deals with changing tempos, the dancers performing jumps at contrasting speeds in an airy space created by the pointillist effect of costumes and backdrop. It was Cunningham's first work to enter the repertoire of classical ballet companies. In the New York City Ballet revival (1966) the dancers wore shoes and danced on pointe. Other companies to dance it include Cullberg Ballet (1967) and Boston Ballet (1974).

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