Written and Directed by Alla Kovgan and Distributed by Magnolia Pictures, CUNNINGHAM opens on Friday December 13, 2019. In Los Angeles the film premieres at the Santa Monica Laemmle Royal located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., among other theaters.

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 footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg.” IMDb


CUNNINGHAM traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.

“Alla Kovgan’s documentary about the great Merce Cunningham shows aspects of his choreography that can be difficult to convey on conventional film”.  New York Times

The original cast of Merce Cunningham’s Suite for 5 (1953) included Carolyn Brown, Remy Charlip, Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, and Marianne Preger-Simon.

Director: Alla Kovgan With: Ashley Chen, Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Julie Cunningham, Jennifer Goggans, Lindsey Jones, Cori Kresge, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Silas Riener, Glen Rumse, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood.

Running time: 93 MIN.

Check your local papers or online listings for showtimes.

Compiled by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle, December 12, 2019.