Points in Space

1986, 55:40 min, color, sound

The critically acclaimed collaboration for the screen by choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage and filmmaker Elliot Caplan features the BBC documentary, with interviews with Cunningham, Cage and members of the company, as well as scenes from rehearsals in New York and London. This takes the viewer through the complexities and exhilaration of bringing a new dance to television. The second half features the finished dance, Points in Space, performed by Merce Cunningham and his dance company. -- Merce Cunningham Trust.

Choreography: Merce Cunningham. Music: John Cage - Voiceless Essay. Set Design: Bill Anastasi. Costume Design: Dove Bradshaw. Merce Cunningham Dance Company Dancers: Helen Barrow, Merce Cunningham, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Karen Radford, Rob Remley, Kristy Santimyer, Kevin Schroder, Robert Swinston, Megan Walker, Susan Quinn Young. A BBC Television Production in association with The Cunningham Dance Foundation, Inc. For The Cunningham Dance Foundation, Inc. Art Becofsky, Executive Producer. Michael Bloom, Producer. Lesley Alderman, Production Co-ordinator. Andrew Culver, Assistant to Composer. Marc Farre, Company Manager. Gary Mintz, Production Supervisor. Suzanne Gallo, Costume Fabrication. Nicole Werner, Floor Assistant. Administration: Skip Barnes, Shirley Henderson, Michael Meagher, Elaine DeBuhr, Martha Lohmeyer, Jilana Van Meter, David Vaughan. Voiceless Essay was realized at the Center for Computer Music of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, with the assistance of Kenneth Worthy, Frances White and Victor Friedberg, and at Synesthetics Inc., with the assistance of Paul Zinman. The Cunningham Dance Foundation wishes to thank: The Friends of Merce Cunningham, The Lookout Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts. For BBC Television Assistant Floor Manager: Charles Garland. Floor Manager: Carmella Milne. Film Camera: Ian Kennedy. Film Sound: Chris King. Film Editor: Guy Crossman. Make-up: Cecile Hay-Arthur. Production Assistant: Christina Hamilton. Technical Co-ordinator: Reg Poulter. Camera Supervisor: Ron Green. Graphic Designer: Rosalind Dallas. Sound Supervisor: Brendan Shore. Videotape Editor: Dennis Collett. Lighting Director: Ron Bristow. Designer: Eric Walmsley. Executive Producer: Colin Nears. Producer: Bob Lockyer. Directors: Elliot Caplan, Merce Cunningham. ©BBC MCMLXXXVI

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MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY

POINTS IN SPACE

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Music: John Cage "Voiceless Essay"

Set Design: Bill Anastasi

Costume Design: Dove Bradshaw

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Dancers: Helen Barrow, Merce Cunningham, Victoria Finlayson, Alan Good, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, David Kulick, Patricia Lent, Karen Radford, Rob Remley, Kristy Santimyer, Kevin Schroder, Robert Swinston, Megan Walker, and Susan Quinn Young

A BBC Television Production in association with The Cunningham Dance Foundation, Inc.

For The Cunningham Dance Foundation, Inc.

ART BECOFSKY

Michael Bloom - Producer

Production Coordinator: Lesley Alderman

Assistant to Composer: Andrew Culver

Company Manager: Marc Farre

Production Supervisor: Gary Mintz

Costume Fabrication: Suzanne Gallo

Floor Assistant: Nicole Werner

Administration: Skip Barnes, Elaine DeBuhr, Shirley Henderson, Martha Lohmeyer, Michael Meagher, Jilana van Meter, and David Vaughn

"Voiceless Essay" was realized at the Center for Computer Music of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, with assistance of Kenneth Worthy, Frances White and Victor Friedberg, and at Synesthetics Inc., with the assistance of Paul Linman.

The Cunningham Dance Foundation wishes to thank The Friends of Merce Cunningham, The Lookout Fund, and The National Endowment for the Arts

For BBC Television

Assistant Floor Manager: Charles Garland

Floor Manager: Carmella Milne

Film Camera: Ian Kennedy

Film Sound: Chris King

Film Editor: Guy Crossman

Make-up: Cecile Hay-Arthur

Production Assistant: Christina Hamilton

Technical Coordinator: Reg Pulter

Camera Supervisor: Ron Green

Graphic Designer: Rosalind Dallas

Sound Supervisor: Brendan Shore

Videotape Editor: Dennis Collett

Lighting Director: Ron Bristow

Designer: Eric Walmsley

Executive Producer: Colin Nears

Producer: Bob Lockyer

Directors: Elliot Caplan and Merce Cunningham

©BBC MCMLXXXVI