(Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham, US 2010, 100 min., digital)
Charles Atlas in Person. With Ocean, pioneering film and video artist Charles Atlas captures the breathtaking 2008 performances of Merce Cunningham’s seminal dance work of the same title. Completed in 1994, Cunningham’s 90-minute opus is an homage to composer John Cage and novelist James Joyce. Similarly, Atlas’s film serves as an ode to his four-decade collaboration with Cunningham, who died in 2009, before the film was finished. Atlas’s Ocean celebrates these histories and their relation to the intertwining of video, music, and dance.
Discussion with Charles Atlas will follow.
Presented in collaboration with Memorial Art Gallery. Atlas will be in conversation with Douglas Crimp at the MAG on Thursday, September 14, in conjunction with the MAG’s presentation of Atlas’s Here she is . . . v1 (2015). Visit mag.rochester.edu for details.