Opening to "Time" by Charles Atlas with Merce Cunningham

From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 (2003)

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September 17, 2003

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"Tap-dancing is a way of articulating time, and it’s a long time since I did it," says pioneering dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham in the introduction to "Time" created by Charles Atlas. Cunningham speaks of his childhood dance teacher, an early influence, who made a strong impression with her tap-dancing, including a remarkable moment when “she did it on the side of her foot. I never forgot it.” Cunningham begins to tap while seated, allowing the syncopated rhythms of his dance to set the tone for the episode.