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Merce Cunningham Free Staff Pick

When: Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: free

Site-specific dance is popping up everywhere, with contemporary troupes leaping around parking lots and bounding off buildings. They owe a debt of inspiration to modern-dance pioneer Merce Cunningham, and on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, the Mills Repertory Dance Company pays homage by reviving -- and re-siting -- his 1969 work Event with Canfield. Cunningham dancer and Broadway star Holley Farmer reconfigured the choreography to suit the JeannikMequet Littlefield Concert Hall and Haas Pavilion at Mills College (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland), artist Ethan Worden re-created the original lighting and decor, and Mills music faculty arranged Pauline Oliveros' sound score to harmonize with the site's resonant qualities. Held in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of composer (and Cunningham collaborator) John Cage's birth and Oliveros' eightieth birthday, the shows include additional musical works from their legendary oeuvres. 8 p.m., $10-$15

— Claudia Bauer


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