When to see it
These events are part of the Autumn 2019 season.
The centenary of the birth of Merce Cunningham is an occasion to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of this pioneering American choreographer. He reshaped the relationship between body, movement and music, melding the classical and the innovative to explore the essence of human motion. In the first of two celebratory programmes, The Royal Ballet performs Cunningham’s Cross Currents – a trio first seen in London in 1964 – and Frederick Ashton’s Cunningham-indebted Monotones II. This short, intimate programme is completed with a new commissioned work from American choreographer Pam Tanowitz, whose modern approach from a classical base continues the fusions and explorations that Cunningham’s work exemplifies.