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Tacita Dean
Craneway Event

World Premiere
Co-Presented with Performa 09
November 5 [Thu] • 8:30 PM
November 6 [Fri] • 6:00PM and 8:30 PM
November 7 [Sat] • 6:00PM and 8:30 PM
Admission: $10 ($8 Danspace Project and Performa Members)
Information: 800 838 3006



photo by Tacita Dean















"Dean's installation looks amazing down here... stepping into the darkness, you can see only the flickering lights of the six projectors. They look like radiant stars in the night sky." - The New York Times


For three days in fall 2008, Tacita Dean filmed Merce Cunningham and his company rehearsing an Event in the craneway of an abandoned Ford Motor factory in Northern California. The stunning 16-millimeter, feature-length film that resulted, Craneway Event, captures the austere and powerful beauty of the dancers moving across multiple stages in the massive hangar-like space, and is the last appearance made by this legendary choreographer on film. It also marks the second collaboration between Cunningham and Dean, an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work is exhibited at biennials and galleries worldwide. In 2008, Dean's installation Merce Cunningham performs Stillness (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (six performances; six films) was exhibited at Dia:Beacon. The world premiere of Craneway Event is co-presented by Performa 09 and Danspace Project.


Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. www.performa-arts.org

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