AudioVisual Preservation Solutions is designing and installing a system for the recording and editing of “Mondays with Merce”, a project aimed at capturing the technique of living dance legend Merce Cunningham. AVPS plays a multi-faceted role in this Mellon Foundation grant funded project involving the Cunningham Dance Foundation and New York University.
The capturing system includes a single operator with remote control over 4 High Definition video cameras, 2 of which are on robotic arms. AVPS is additionally developing highly innovative preservation oriented workflows for the Cunningham Dance Foundation that will deliver preservation worthy deliverables to the NYU digital library team.
NYU is serving as the digital preservation repository and host of the content, as well as acting as team members in the development of applications, workflows and processes.
This highly technical and complex system will be installed by AVPS at the beautiful Cunningham Dance Foundation Studio which is part of the historic Westbeth Complex in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
The New York Times article linked to below features the “Mondays with Merce” project.
Dance: An Old Mentor’s New Medium
Sunday New York Times, January 20, 2008 By JULIE BLOOM
The link below will bring you to The “Mondays with Merce” website, where you can obtain additional information. This site will also feature a series of webcasts which will be available for free download beginning in late 2008. Each episode will include segments from Merce Cunningham’s Company Class, and rehearsals with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The programs will also include interviews with Merce Cunningham and his associates.