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MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY
The late choreographer’s postmodern troupe hits town one last time before disbanding. Make like the elastic dancers and jump through any hoops necessary for tickets.
11/18–19 Last chance to see chance dance: This seminal postmodern institution—founded in 1953 by the ever-inquisitive Cunningham, who died in 2009 at the age of 90—stops in Chicago as part of its final tour before disbanding. Though carefully structured, most of Cunningham’s dances were arbitrarily set to music by his longtime partner, John Cage, with variations and performers determined by the toss of a coin. Among the rare treats: Antic Meet, an absurdist send-up of Martha Graham and her proclivity for camp, and Roaratorio, featuring a Cage score that radically manipulates James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, integrating ambient sounds from scenes in the novel. At 8. $25–$65. Presented with the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org.
Photograph: Yi-Chun Wu