Merce Cunningham Centennial, SFDFF

DFSF Celebrates Merce Cunningham at 100

Dance Film SF is participating in the Merce Cunningham’s centenary celebration with a special event and screening of two groundbreaking films that represent Cunningham’s Past and Present.


The Past: Assemblage

Assemblage, a film created by KQED’s Film Unit—Richard Moore, Phillip Greene, Bill Yahraus and William Winans—features the Cunningham company performing throughout Ghirardelli Square in 1968 with an independent score by John Cage.

The screening will be followed at 3:15 pm by a panel discussion with former Cunningham dancers Margaret Jenkins, Karen Attix, Charles Moulton, Bill Yahraus (Assemblage film editor) and moderated by Hope Mohr. Includes 4pm reception for all ticket holders to celebrate the Cunningham centennial with a birthday toast to the maestro.

Saturday, May 4 | 2 PM

Delancey Street Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107

United States | 1968 | 60 min | Richard Moore, Phillip Greene, Bill Yahraus, William Winans, Bernie Stoffer, Barbara Styman

The Present: If the Dancer Dances

In If the Dancer Dances (2018), viewers are invited into the intimate world of the dance studio, where three former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company teach Cunningham’s 1968 RainForest to the Stephen Petronio Company. The film, made by filmmakers Maia Wechsler and Lise Friedman, is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

Hope Mohr, Artistic Director of The Bridge Project, will discuss Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100, a collaboration among the Merce Cunningham Trust, HMD, ODC, and SFMOMA’s Open Space. Other special guests will be in attendance and acknowledged during the afternoon’s event.

Saturday, May 4 | 5:00 PM

Delancey Street Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107

If the Dancer Dances
United States | 2018 | 87 min | Director: Maia Wechsler, Lise Friedman

Tickets are $15 per screening. $25 for both screenings.
Student prices $13 per screening. $20 for both screenings.


Merce Cunningham Centennial Assemblage Screening
This program is part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial.