Silas Riener performs Merce Cunningham’s Changeling at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Photo by Liza Voll.
Former Cunningham dancer Silas Riener performs Changeling, a 1957 solo newly reconstructed in collaboration with Jean Freebury. A select group of Boston Conservatory dancers, under Riener’s direction, perform excerpts from other renowned Cunningham dances. Changeling, an early Merce Cunningham solo choreographed using chance procedures, had its premiere in 1957 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was last performed in Tokyo in 1964.
NOTE: This performance takes place in the gallery with limited seating, available first come, first served. Some viewers will remain standing.
A defining feature of the education and experience at Black Mountain College was the integration of all art forms—music, dance, film, theater, and visual arts—with the liberal arts. Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 includes a grand piano and a 20 x 20 foot sprung dance floor within the galleries so that dance and music performances may take place alongside paintings and sculptures in a nod to the college’s radical interdisciplinarity. Performances will be presented throughout; see icaboston.org/bmc for details.