Open to Public: Rauschenberg Scenic Decor/Drop


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Philbin Studio Theatre

The Rauschenberg Scenic Decor/Drops from the Merce Cunningham event this week will be available for public viewing on Thursday, November 10 from 9 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM - 6 PM; Friday, November 11 from 9 AM - 12 PM and 5 PM - 6 PM; Saturday, November 12 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. This 2009 digital reproduction is an exact 1-1 replica of the 1994 original Rauchenberg created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The viewing will be free.


Merce Cunningham has forever imprinted his dominant style on dance by discarding every notion but one: bodies live motion in time and space in the now. No stories or ancient rites: just rhythm, power, proportion and the incredible lightness of freedom. From the company’s founding in 1953 to his death at 90 in 2009, his genius is proving dances needn’t grasp at meaning; it’s already present in the pure nature of movement.

The program of three seminal works from Cunningham’s career will highlight the modernist collaborations with artistic innovators such as composer John Cage and artist Robert Rauschenberg.