Baryshnikov Arts Presents: MERCE / MISHA / MORE_A Film Event

March 7, 8, 9 at 7 PM
Jerome Robbins Theater
Baryshnikov Arts Center

Running time: 60 minutes

Mikhail Baryshnikov with Merce Cunningham Dance Company at REDCAT in 2010, from MERCE / MISHA / MORE_A Film Event


A program of films celebrating decades of friendship, mutual admiration, and the working relationship between Mikhail Baryshnikov and Merce Cunningham. The program includes newly filmed reminiscences with Mikhail Baryshnikov; rarely seen rehearsal footage from 1967 and 1994; the duet from Landrover featuring Jacquelin Harris & Chalvar Monteiro filmed at Baryshnikov Arts during the pandemic; and the world premiere of Daniel Madoff’s film of Event at REDCAT, performed in 2010 by Mikhail Baryshnikov with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The evening ends with Merce Cunningham’s 1999 homage to disco in Charlie Atlas’ film Just Dancing and a surprise gift for all audience members.

This program celebrates the 60th anniversary of Merce Cunningham’s first Event, and the 50th anniversary of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s arrival in the West.


Rehearsal of Signals (1970)

White Oak Dance Project

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Courtesy of Mikhail Baryshnikov and the New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Excerpts from 498 3rd Avenue (1967)

© NDR, Director: Klaus Wildenhahn

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Courtesy of Merce Cunningham Trust

Excerpt from Landrover (1972)

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Music: John King and Anaïs Maviel

Costumes: Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, after the original design by Jasper Johns

Performed by Jacquelin Harris and Chalvar Monteiro

Arranged and staged by Jamie Scott

Filmed and edited by Tatyana Tenenbaum

Courtesy of Baryshnikov Arts and Merce Cunningham Trust

Excerpts from Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance (2000)

© La-Sept-Arte-INA-Thirteen/WNET-BBC-NPS, Director: Charles Atlas

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Courtesy of Charles Atlas

Excerpt from Occasion Piece (1999)

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Music: John Cage, “Music for Marcel Duchamp”

Costumes: Suzanne Gallo

Decor: Jasper Johns after The Large Glass by Marcel Duchamp

Lighting: Aaron Copp

Performed by Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Baryshnikov

Courtesy of Charles Atlas and the New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Event at REDCAT (2010)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company with guest artist Mikhail Baryshnikov

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Arranged and staged by Robert Swinston

Music: John Cage

Decor: Robert Rauschenberg, Immerse

Dancers: Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Julie Cunningham, Emma Desjardins, Jennifer Goggans, John Hinrichs, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Krista Nelson, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood, Andrea Weber

Musicians: Paul Berkholds, Jaqueline Boback, Mark Boback

Costumes: Anna Finke

Lighting: Christine Shallenburg

Live sound mix: Stephan Moore

Director of production: Davison Scandrett

Additional footage from Mondays With Merce film library, producer: Nancy Dalva

Camera operators: Christopher Young, Nic Petry, Kevin Carr, Kenneth E. Parris III

Film created by: Daniel Madoff

Producer: Nancy Dalva

Color correction: Milan Bonchic

Post-production sound mix: The End Audio

Editing consultant: Jennifer Goggans

Special thanks to: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Baryshnikov Arts, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Trust, John Cage Trust and in grateful memory of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg

Just Dancing (1999)

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Courtesy of Charles Atlas

Music: “Beautiful People (1994 Radio Mix)”

Written by Luis Vega and Lem Springsteen

Performed by Barbara Tucker

All choreography by Merce Cunningham © Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.

Original footage, graphics and compilation of MERCE/MISHA/MORE_A Film Event by Mighty Egg Productions

Additional Music


Written and performed by Monplaisir feat Southman

Mighty Egg Productions and Baryshnikov Arts would like to thank Charles Atlas, Patricia Lent, Ken Tabachnick, Lisa Takemoto, Daisy Pommer, Merce Cunningham Trust and The New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division for their invaluable help, guidance and support.

Artists and Producers

Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. Born in Riga, Latvia, he trained at the Riga Choreographic School and later the Vaganova Academy in Leningrad and was a principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet until coming to the West in 1974. After settling in New York City as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), he joined New York City Ballet in 1978 where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990–2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. In 2005, Mikhail Baryshnikov launched Baryshnikov Arts in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award.

Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) was a celebrated dancer and choreographer renowned for his groundbreaking work and his profound influence on generations of dancemakers and artists. Born in Centralia, Washington, he attended the Cornish School in Seattle where he was introduced to the work of Martha Graham and met the composer John Cage who would become his closest collaborator and life partner. In 1939, after relocating to New York City, Cunningham began a six-year tenure as a soloist in the Graham company, and soon began presenting his own choreography. In the summer of 1953, during a teaching residency at Black Mountain College, Cunningham formed a dance company to explore his innovative ideas. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company remained in continuous operation until its closure in 2011, with Cunningham as artistic director until his death in 2009. Over the course of his seventy-year career he choreographed 180 dances and over 700 Events, collaborated with such renowned artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, David Tudor and Christian Wolff, and earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts.

Nancy Dalva is delighted to return to Baryshnikov Arts with Event at REDCAT after presenting the “BAC Flicks: Mondays with Merce” film series here. A writer, a documentarian, and the Scholar in Residence of Merce Cunningham Trust, she makes her debut here as an independent producer, bringing into the present day a magical evening uniting the work of Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage. She thanks Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lisa Rinehart, Pedja Mužijević, Baryshnikov Arts, and always, Merce Cunningham Trust and the dancers and production staff of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Jacquelin Harris began training at Dance Productions Studios in Charlotte, NC. She graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. She received a 2017 dance fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Ms. Harris was a member of Ailey II and has guested with the Cunningham Trust as well as Twyla Tharp. Currently, Ms. Harris is a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Daniel Madoff is a film director, cinematographer, editor, and producer. His work includes award-winning films which have screened worldwide, and commercials for national television campaigns. He has created content for Bacardi, St-Germain, Aberfeldy, Anheuser-Busch, Dewar’s, Gillette, LinkedIn, Grey Goose, Michelob Ultra, BMW, Bank of America, People, BBC America, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Ailey II, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Trisha Brown Dance Company, among others. His Rhiannon Giddens music video featuring the Pennsylvania Innocence Project recently aired on “The Daily Show.” Before entering the world of film, Daniel was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Chalvar Monteiro hails from Montclair, NJ and is currently a performing artist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Prior to joining AAADT, he was a collaborator and performer with Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion, Elisa Monte Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and others. In 2020, Chalvar joined the faculty at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has presented choreography at numerous institutions and festivals across the United States.

Mighty Egg Productions was co-founded by Jennifer Hamblett and Lisa Rinehart in 2014. Their mission is to create non-fiction visual stories that educate, inspire, and enact change. Clients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bezos Family Foundation, City University of New York, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, BBC News, MSNBC, American Ballet Theatre, the Joyce Theater, and Stanford University.


Baryshnikov Arts, founded in 2005 by Mikhail Baryshnikov, is rooted in the belief that artists hold irreplaceable roles in our world, shaping perspectives, offering new approaches, and initiating crucial conversations in complex social,

political, and cultural environments. Baryshnikov Arts supports extraordinary performers to experiment with unique artistic expression that asks audiences to view the world in new ways. We offer performance opportunities, artist residencies, and more. In October 2022 Baryshnikov Arts welcomed a new Executive Director, Sonja Kostich, with a focus on cultivating and supporting new perspectives. With the recent rebrand of the organization in June 2023, Baryshnikov Arts expands its capacity to create multi-platform and collaborative havens for artistic expression, innovation and freedom as we commit further to elevating and sharing the stories of artists of diverse cultures and histories.


Dave S. Hattem, Chairman
R. Jarrett Lilien, Treasurer
Steven C. Dupré, Secretary

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Jamie Bishton
Sandy Choi
Frank Cordasco
Richard DeScherer
William James Earle
Sandra Foschi

Jennifer Frautschi
Slavka B. Glaser
Rebecca Goldring
Sonja Kostich
Steven M. Pesner
Darryl Pinckney
Shelley Washington
Andrew Zobler


Mikhail BaryshnikovFounder and Artistic Director
Sonja KostichPresident and Executive Director

Rafayel Nagdimov, Director of Finance and Administration
Chaslyn Donovan, Administrative Manager

Ashley Baer, Program Manager
Pedja Muzijevic, Artistic Administrator
Kaoru Watanabe, Artistic Director, Bloodlines Interwoven Festival


Chani Sebazco, Institutional and Individual Giving Manager
Apotheosis Events, Event Planning


Lydia Murray, Marketing Manager
Dylan MacDowell, Social Media Associate

Tyler Benware, Director of Production and Operations
Jesse Campbell, Technical Director and Operations Supervisor
Natasha Bruno, Technical and Operations Manager

Margot Becker, Grants Writer
Stephen Viksjo, Graphic Designer
Eric Wolfram, Web Developer

Special thanks to our production crew, front-of-house staff, and volunteers, and to our caterer, Mimi’s Plate, based in Tappan, New York.


Baryshnikov Arts is grateful for the contributions of its generous supporters.

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As of January 2024

Baryshnikov Arts is grateful for funding of the Bloodlines Interwoven Festival made possible by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Baryshnikov Arts is also grateful for support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Funding is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Yamaha is the official piano of Baryshnikov Arts.