Matt came to Studio 360 in 2014 from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a features reporter for the Courier-Journal. There, he wrote about celebrity chefs, the world’s largest collection of poisonous snakes, and a former monk turned furniture maker to the presidents. He also taught courses on literary journalism, feature writing, and arts and culture reporting at Bellarmine University. Although he lived for four years in Louisville, he still doesn’t know how to bet on a horse race. His writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Observer, USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Studio 360 intern, Matt’s first piece for the show was on the design of that quintessential 1970s mode of transportation, the moped.
Merce Cunningham: 1919 - 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:17 PM
We were saddened by the news this morning that Merce Cunningham has died. Cunningham was a giant of American modern dance and choreography – and an astoundingly talented dancer, who started his career dancing for Martha Graham, and appeared in his own company’s performances into his 70s.
We had the good fortune at Studio 360 to interview Cunningham in 2002 about his interest in chance as a principle of composition, and his embrace of computer-aided choreography:
My experience with it is that it is mostly visual--we look. And I thought, 'That's what you do with dance. You look at it.' So it seemed to me they were mated, so to speak. They haven't gotten along very well yet. But I think there's a really remarkable future, not immediate by any means, but future for dance with technology. I'm sure of it.
You can listen the whole interview HERE.
Merce has freed himself from music, he's freed himself from storyline, from psychological motivation. Modern dance tried to establish long ago that it was nobody's sleeping beauty, that it was nobody's divertimento--for instance, in the opera world, when you want to show the inner life of the characters, you'll suddenly cut away and have a dance sequence. Well, modern dancers said, 'No, no, no, we don't illustrate some other form. We are a primary form.'
Hear the whole piece HERE.