Film still from <em>Torse</em> 1977

Film still from Torse 1977


  • Sat 27 Oct 2018
  • 4—5PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

A collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham, Charles Atlas’ film of the remarkably difficult dance Torse features a score by pioneering composer Maryanne Amacher.

Torse has been generously provided by the Merce Cunningham Trust and is being screened as part of the official Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration.

This film is screened in association with our current exhibition Sensory Agents.

Featuring a double screen, Torse was filmed in 1977 at the University of Whashington, Seattle and first screened publicly at the New York Public Library for the Perfroming Arts and the Lincoln Center in 1978.

I Ching, The Book of Changes provided the inspiration for Torse, which utilized the numbers one to 64, both in its spatial plan (conceived as a square 8 x 8), and the movement phases (which constituted the language of the piece). The title of this ballet referred to the use of the torso throughout the dance. There were five basic back positions featured in Torse: upright, arch, twist, tilt and curve. The music is by Maryanne Amacher, and Mark Lancaster designed the costumes.

US, 1977, Colour, 55 min., Dir. Charles Atlas

Film still from <em>Torse</em> 1977

Film still from Torse 1977

Event Info

Merce Cunningham Trust Centennial