‘Cunningham’ Review: Occasionally Dazzling Documentary Is for Modern Dance Superfans Only

Published on Mar 26, 2020

‘Cunningham’ Review: Occasionally Dazzling Documentary Is for Modern Dance Superfans Only

Merce Cunningham wasn’t concerned with labels or conventions, the kind of guy who would shrug off not just claims that he was one of best choreographers of all time, but even the claims that he was a choreographer (“I’m a dancer,” he’d tell people). The modern dance pioneer helped not only bring the art form to American eyes, but also managed to shape it in his own image. Over the course of a career that spanned seven decades, he crafted his own style, built a successful dance company, and worked with other artists from every corner of the creative world. In short, he’s the perfect candidate for a deep dive documentary about both the personality and his process.

Alla Kovgan’s “Cunningham,” though appropriately stunning to the eyes and often in tune with Cunningham’s unique wavelength, is not that documentary. While Kovgan, a Russian filmmaker

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Author: Kate Erbland