Merce’s Meaning

Merce's Meaning

A book in progress about
the nebulous meaning that lives in Merce Cunningham’s work –
in his choreographies, his technique and his approach to art.
It is based on Ann Papoulis’ experiences
studying and teaching his technique,
and on conversations she had with Merce
and with some of his dancers.

The foundation of his art is
the naked power of the human body moving in time and space,
which opens up a vast, mysterious expanse
where undefined meaning circulates
freely, wildly and with incredible grace.


Most dancers arrive at a certain point and think that that’s it.
But that’s the point when you have to jump the chasm.
It’s like life, you have to do that. that’s what I have always felt.