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RainForest

Choreographer: Merce Cunningham
Staged by: Jeannie Steele
Composer: David Tudor
Set designer: Andy Warhol
Rambert premiere: 25 May 2010, Rambert Dance Company, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
World premiere: 9 Mar 1968, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York, USA
Work note: Rambert's premiere was billed as the 'UK revival premiere' of this work.
Production note: The title of Andy Warhol's artwork is 'Silver Clouds' (a number of the balloons are on stage). Music consultant for the Merce Cunningham Trust: Matt Rogalsky. The 2010 programme does not contain credits for costume or lighting designers (the trust's website lists Jasper Johns as the costume designer).
Duration: 18 minutes
Number of dancers: 6 dancers: 3 men, 3 women
Music title: Rainforest (1968)
Music details: Live music: electronics
Music note: The cast sheet for Rambert's premiere explained: 'Rambert has embarked on extensive research to recreate this landmark event in avant-garde electronic music from 1960s New York, at which time composer David Tudor turned his attention to pioneering the use of household objects as loudspeakers.... This week at Sadler's Wells the sound-sculpture has been installed in the orchestra pit under the guidance of world authority Matt Rogalsky.'
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0461
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