image courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon

 

 

artist daniel arsham has just completed ‘avalanche’, his second collaboration with the merce cunningham dance company. the play was run from december 2-4 at miami’s arsht center with 6 performances featuring the artist’s unique stage  design. the play also featured costumes designed by robert rauschenberg, a previous artist collaborator with the merce cunningham dance company. arsham’s stage design featured a set spread across three levels, where the audience literally stands on stage with the dancers. the audience is forced to get this close to the performance because the seats in the theatre are covered with a large geometric sculpture designed by arsham. the sculpture appeared to be exploded  outwards, as small white forms were also present in upper seating levels.

daniel arsham stages avalanche for merce cunningham dance company image courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon daniel arsham stages avalanche for merce cunningham dance company images courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon daniel arsham stages avalanche for merce cunningham dance company image courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon daniel arsham stages avalanche for merce cunningham dance company image courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon daniel arsham stages avalanche for merce cunningham dance company image courtesy of the adrienne arsht center/photos by justin namon