Scope and arrangement
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company Choreographic records contain materials relating to over 100 of Cunningham's original works. These primarily reflect pieces created for the Company, but there are some notes relating to Cunningham's early compositions created between 1942 and 1952. The materials consist of choreographic notebooks, both bound and loose, all in Cunningham's hand. There are charts, time outlines, sketches, and names of individual dancers. Most notebooks reflect several periods of change as the dances were premiered and then later pulled back in for use in "Events." There are some Event outlines and plans within the records, as well as choreographic notes for dance workshops given by Cunningham. Many of the notes are dated. Some folders contain a typed explanation of the work by Cunningham, describing what the focus of the specific piece was and ideas he was attempting to explore.
Alphabetical by title.