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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Merce Cunningham Dance Company: History Matters: Suite for Five 

When: Thu., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

For breath-seizing aerial antics and mind-bending aural exercises, you can either buy a ticket to Vegas and watch that Canadian circus, or stay home and see how the Merce Cunningham Dance Company—which was founded in 1953 in Black Mountain—has changed the world of modern dance for the past 50 years. See this issue's cover story for more information about the history of this troupe and the works being performed this weekend at DPAC. But get a head start with a free performance today on the Duke campus of Suite for Five, featuring music by John Cage and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg. Afterward, MCDC archivist David Vaughan will join choreography director Robert Swinston and company director Trevor Carlson for a discussion.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, MCDC performs three of Cunningham's most pivotal dance works: Soundance, from 1975; Duets, from 1980; and Biped, from 1999. These are the final North Carolina performances of the company's worldwide Legacy Tour, which will culminate in the disbanding of the dance company in December 2011. Go to for tickets, which start at $38, with student discounts available. —Christina Cass

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