Merce Cunningham’s legendary “Events” were the great choreographer’s signature works, exemplifying his revolutionary approach to dance. Each Event was made up of extracts of choreography, combined with music and design in a way that was unique to each location and performance.
The spirit of the Events comes back to life on the stage of Auditorium Parco della Musica in the "Rambert Event", with which the Rambert ballet company, the oldest and most prestigious British contemporary dance company, pays tribute to the great choreographer on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Staging and arrangements are curated by Jeannie Steele, for twenty years a dancer of the Merce Cunningham Company and rehearsal assistant of Merce Cunningham in the following six years, which takes up the choreographer’s work accompanying them with new music and scenes.
Cunningham’s choreographies are remixed with original music by Radiohead’s Philip Selway who composed a modular electro-acoustic score, performed live with bassist Adem Ilhan and Quinta, the stage name of multi-instrumentalist and composer Katherine Mann. The costumes and settings are based on the paintings by German artist Gerhard Richter, inspired by the works of the minimalist composer John Cage, Merce Cunningham’s artistic and life partner.