Event2 For Jasper Johns
In celebration of Jasper Johns's 90th birthday in May 2020, seventy former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company joined together virtually to create Event2 For Jasper Johns. This new work for camera is composed of dance and music recordings submitted by the dancers, each isolated under quarantine in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. It comprises excerpts drawn from thirty-eight dances spanning six decades, along with exercises from the Cunningham Technique.
The title of the film references Event For Jasper Johns, which was choreographed by Johns's close friend Merce Cunningham and performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Westbeth in New York on October 20, 1996, on the occasion of the opening of Jasper Johns: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
Johns has given permission for the work to be shared with the public by the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of American Art in honor of the upcoming simultaneous retrospective Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror.
Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Music: For Jasper’s 90th by David Behrman, John King, and Christian Wolff
Opening and closing photograph: One way to dry a leotard, April 1969. © James Klosty
Background photograph: Original scrim for Exchange (1978), designed by Jasper Johns
Design consultant: Davison Scandrett
Adobe After Effects consultant: Michael Cole
Directed and Edited by: Daniel Madoff
Produced by: Patricia Lent and Daniel Madoff
Dancers: Cédric Andrieux, Karole Armitage, Karen Attix, Helen Barrow, Kimberly Bartosik, Jonah Bokaer, Lisa Boudreau, Thomas Caley, Ashley Chen, Michael Cole, Brandon Collwes, Ellen Cornfield, Dylan Crossman, Paige Cunningham, Julie Cunningham, Emma Diamond, Barbara Dilley, Meg Eginton, Karen Eliot, Holley Farmer, Maydelle Fason Liss, Victoria Finlayson, Jean Freebury, Lise Friedman, Jennifer Goggans, Alan Good, Neil Greenberg, Meg Harper, Nanette Hassall, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, John Hinrichs, Mandy Kirschner Salva, David Kulick, China Laudisio, Joseph Lennon, Patricia Lent, Barbara Lias, Daniel Madoff, Larissa McGoldrick, Rashaun Mitchell, Koji Mizuta, Charles Moulton, Marcie Munnerlyn, Emily Navar, Krista Nelson, Dennis O’Connor, Banu Ogan, Jared Phillips, Susan Quinn, Silas Riener, Daniel Roberts, Glen Rumsey, Randall Sanderson, Kristy Santimyer Melita, Kevin Schroder, Jamie Scott, Jim Self, Gus Solomons jr, Daniel Squire, Jeannie Steele, Derry Swan, Carol Teitelbaum, Cheryl Therrien, Melissa Toogood, Megan Walker, Andrea Weber, Robert Wood
Other Contributors: Shareen Blair Brysac, Carolyn Brown, Douglas Dunn, Sandra Neels, Marianne Preger-Simon, Albert Reid, Jeff Slayton
This project was made possible through the generous support of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Choreography by Merce Cunningham © Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.