Day 3_Merce

[Gentes del mundo, el coronavirus nos ha encerrado. Pero no sólo no podrá con nosotros, sino que vamos a aprovechar el encierro al máximo. Aquí va mi idea del día.]

Hoy no vamos a ver nada largo, sino a rebuscar. Cada vez que visito la web del Merce Cunningham Trust me asombro ante la inteligencia que tuvo el coreógrafo a la hora de dejar su legado en muy buenas manos. No sólo Merce ordenó cerrar su compañía, sino que sentó las bases de un proyecto que protegiera su legado de una forma admirable; tienen el equilibrio perfecto entre conservación y difusión.

La última vez que visité el edificio del vídeo, el célebre Westbeth en Bethune St. de Nueva York, estaban llenando cajas y cajas de todo lo que habían ido almacenando allí durante décadas. Se mudaban. En ese mismo espacio se instaló poco después la Martha Graham Dance Company, que también había quedado descabezada; muy poco después, los sótanos se inundaron y la compañía perdió gran parte de sus decorados y vestuario, especialmente piezas históricas de Isamu Nogochi. Cosas del destino.

[People of the world, the Coronavirus has locked us up. But not only will it not be able to take us, but we will make the most of the lockdown. Here’s my idea for the day.]

Today we’re not going to watch anything long, but rather to search. Every time I visit the Merce Cunningham Trust website I am amazed at how clever the choreographer was in leaving his legacy in very good hands. Not only did Merce order the closure of his company, but he laid the foundations for a project that would protect his legacy in an amazing way; they have the perfect balance between conservation and dissemination.

The last time I visited the building of this video, the famous Westbeth in Bethune St. in New York, people were filling boxes and containers with everything that had been stored there for decades. They were moving out. The Martha Graham Dance Company, which had also lost its director, moved into the same space shortly afterwards; soon after, the basements were flooded and the company lost much of its sets and costumes, especially historical pieces by Isamu Nogochi. Fateful things.

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