Choreography by Merce Cunningham
Arranged by Robert Swinston
Music by John Cage
Alexei Lubimov, piano
Joelle Harvey, soprano
Esteemed Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov gave the Moscow premieres of works by John Cage in the 1960s. He has since performed an extensive repertoire on stages throughout the world, ranging from Lincoln Center to the Salzburg Festival.
In this program, Lubimov plays Cage’s Four Walls (1944) with a new staging of Merce Cunningham’s Doubletoss (1993), arranged by Robert Swinston. Performed by former Merce Cunningham dancers, 4 Walls/Doubletoss Interludes is a unique merging of the voices of Cage and Cunningham, interpreted by artists deeply influenced by them.
Generous support for both Alexei Lubimov programs provided by The AG Foundation.
4 Walls / Doubletoss Interludes is presented in association with the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Alexei Lubimov was one of the last pupils of Henryk Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. He founded both the avant-garde Alternativa Festival in Moscow, which features works by contemporary composers, and the Moscow Baroque Quartet.
Lubimov has performed with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Helsinki, Israel, Los Angeles, and Munich. He has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, David Oistrakh, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Bruggen, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Kent Nagano, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In recent seasons he has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Tonkunstler Orchester, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Munchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lubimov has recorded for many labels, such as Melodya, Erato, BIS, and Sony, which have released his interpretations of the complete sonatas of Mozart, as well as works by Schubert, Chopin, and Beethoven, and 20th century composers, including Arvo Pärt.
Robert Swinston was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended Middlebury College and The Juilliard School, where he received a BFA in Dance. He danced with the Martha Graham Apprentice Group, the José Limón Dance Company, and with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. He joined MCDC in August 1980 and became Assistant to the Choreographer in July 1992.
Since Merce Cunningham’s death in July 2009, Swinston has been the Director of Choreography, overseeing the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group and its work with the Cunningham Educational Outreach Program. Since 1998, Swinston has assisted in various Cunningham archival reconstructions including Suite for Five (1956–58), Summerspace (1958), How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965), RainForest (1968), CRWDSPCR (1993), and Ocean (1994), and the recent revivals of Squaregame (1976), Duets (1980), and Roaratorio (1983) for the Legacy Tour. He has assisted in the staging of Cunningham works on other companies, including Boston Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Rambert Dance Company, and New York City Ballet. In 2009 Swinston was named a Trustee for the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Photo by Julieta Cervantes / Gallery Photo by Hans Wild