Assemblage is an experimental film that shows Merce Cunningham’s dance company performing in a public square in the San Francisco bay. Through special effects, the bodies of the dancers appear superimposed against the architecture of the plaza. Colorized by artist Charles Atlas and with a soundtrack created by John Cage, David Tudor, and Gordon Mumma, Assemblage is a psychedelic collage of movement, time, and space.
Director: Richard Moore.
Thank you Jon for finding this important document of Cunningham’s work I thought was all but lost.
The dancers many his best known and highly regarded exponents of his particular aesthetic: Sandra Neels, Valda Setterfield, Meg Harper, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Jeff Slayton, Chase Robinson, Mel Wong, Carolyn Brown and, of course, Cunningham himself.