Not a moment too soon
Not a moment too soon is a multidisciplinary performance piece about a shared journey, the end of Merce Cunningham’s life in which he was gracefully accompanied by Trevor Carlson.
In the winter of 2001, in his dressing room in Australia, Merce Cunningham states to his reflection in the mirror the line “not a moment too soon” while capturing himself on his personal camcorder. At this stage Merce was 79 years old. For three years prior, and for the next nine his hands had been held by his executive director and accomplice Trevor Carlson.
Cunningham, one of the greatest 20th century choreographers and who’s companion in life and most frequent collaborator was the revolutionary composer John Cage, who introduced Cunningham to eastern philosophies, is very telling as he made this statement. The quote “not a moment too soon” represents a life-long bond to eastern thinking that marked a dent into the tapestry of contemporary dance and which was, in that moment, also tapping into his last moments in life.
Not a moment too soon is a multidisciplinary performance piece about a shared journey, the end of Merce Cunningham’s life in which he was gracefully accompanied by Trevor Carlson. A memory of how year-by-year Cunningham continued creating new pieces until his last breath. A pilgrimage into a memory which uses audio-visual vehicles that transport us into the image and voice of Cunningham through unseen footage, tapes shot by Cunningham himself. Trevor, our guiding voice, embodies this passage and permits us a final entry into the last days of a master.
Photos @Yoana Miguel
Director & Choreographer
MIQUEL ÀNGEL RAIÓ
Photography (Cunningham’s Hands)
Documentation – Making of
ELISABETH PRANDI, GUAYARMINA AMADOR & YOANA MIGUEL
TREVOR CARLSON & ALBERT TOLA
MARK SELIGER & THORUS ARTS
OCTAVI DE LA IGLESIA
Operation Motion Graphics
OSCAR HERNÁNDEZ POL
Thorus Arts & Mercat de les Flors
Katherine Hayes, Mary Rice & Sutton Stracke
This Project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Major Support Provided by
Sandra Cornelius, Kim Cullen & David Taylor, Nancy Dalva, Molly Davies, Carolina Nitsch, Judith Pisar, Pamela Schaeffer, Mark Seliger, & Holly Sidford
Additional Support by
El Graner & La Caldera
Arnie Apostol, Bande à part, Brummell Hotel, Deborah Ceballos, Marta Filella, Kathleen Fluegal, Fractured Atlas, Santiago Latorre, the Team at Mercat de les Flors, Merce Cunningham Trust, Marta Oliveres, David Quinn, Toni Racklin, Kevin Taylor and very special thanks to Laura Kuhn
The videos of Merce Cunningham; held in a private collection in New York, and generously made available without restriction.
Dedicated to the memory of Albert Sanagustín.
Tax-deductible donations to Thorus Arts can be made via Fractured Atlas .