Rambert performed late American dance icon Merce Cunningham’s RainForest set to an electric score by David Tudor, improvised live by the Rambert Orchestra.
‘Cunningham had seen Andy Warhol’s installation piece Silver Clouds, engineered by Billy Klüver, consisting of a number of silver mylar pillows filled with helium so that they floated in the air, at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1966. He asked Jasper Johns, then Artistic Advisor to Merce Cunningham Dance Company, if he thought Warhol would allow him to use it as a set for a dance. Johns transmitted the request to Warhol, who agreed. Warhol wanted the dancers to be nude, but Cunningham preferred that they wear flesh-coloured leotards and tights. Jasper Johns, who liked the look of Cunningham’s tattered practice clothes, made small tears in the costumes.’
David Vaughan Archivist, Merce Cunningham Dance Company
- Merce Cunningham
- David Tudor - RainForest. Recreated by Rambert under the supervision of musical consultant for Cunningham Foundation, Matt Rogalsky
- Andy Warhol - Silver Clouds
- Staged by:
- Jeannie Steele
Rambert's revival premiere: 25 May 2010, Sadler's Wells, London.
Premiered by Merce Cunningham Dance Company 9 March 1968, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.