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Chance and circumstance : twenty years with Cage and Cunningham

This long-awaited memoir is an intimate chronicle of a crucial era in modern dance: the story of Brown's own remarkable career, of the formative years of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and of the two brilliant, iconoclastic, and forward-thinking artists at its center--Merce Cunningham and John Cage. From its inception in the 1950s until her departure in the 1970s, Brown was a major dancer in the company and part of the vibrant artistic community of downtown New York. She describes the exhilaration--and dire financial straits--of the company's early days, when composer Cage was musical director and Robert Rauschenberg designed lighting, sets and costumes; and the struggle for acceptance of their controversial, avant-garde dance. She explores Cunningham's technique, choreography, and experimentation with compositional procedures influenced by Cage. And she probes the personalities of these two men: the reticent, moody, often secretive Cunningham, and the effusive, fun-loving, enthusiastic Cage.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2007
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2007
vi, 645 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780394401911, 0394401913
Black mountain
New York: autumn 1952
New York: winter/spring 1953
Black mountain II
New York: autumn 1953
On the move: 1954-1955
The first touring years
The lean years
The VW years
The end of the beginning
Connecticut: summer 1958
Europe, at last!
"Success is dust!"
Moving into the sixties
Connecticut: summer 1960
Europe again: Venice 1960
Europe, continued: 1960
Troubling times: 1960-1961
Connecticut: summer 1961
Moving ahead
Ups and downs
Some ventures afield
World tour / part I
World tour / part II
World tour / part III
World tour / part IV
World tour / part V
Another beginning
Full steam ahead
Where from here?
A professional company
Some subsidy at last
Mixed signals
The beginning of the end
Last chapter
New York: spring 2004