Choreography by: Merce Cunningham

Music by: Morton Feldman

Imbued with fluid angularity, Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace presents contemporary whimsy underscored by a suspenseful, chirping score.

In his own words, the choreographer has written about the creation of Summerspace, "The summer part of the title came after the dance was finished, but the notion of space was always present. I fumbled around with steps and written notes about steps, as I often do, but the principal momentum was a concern for steps that carry one though a space, and not only into it, like the passage of birds, stopping for moments on the ground and then going on, or automobiles more relentlessly throbbing along turnpikes and under and over cloverleaves. This led to the idea of using kinds of movement that would be continuous, and carry the dancers into the playing area and out of it."

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August 17, 1958, Merce Cunningham and Dance Company, 11th American Dance Festival, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
NYC Ballet Premiere
April 14, 1966, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Carolyn Brown, Remy Charlip, Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, Cynthia Stone, Marilyn Wood

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Anthony Blum, Deni Lamont, Sara Leland, Kay Mazzo, Patricia Neary, Carol Sumner
20 Min.
Costumes by
Robert Rauschenberg
Set by
Robert Rauschenberg
Lighting by
Ronald Bates

Production Supervisor
John Braden