Episode 014 - Before, During, After: With Gus Solomons, Jr.
Choreographer, dancer, writer--the multifaceted Gus Solomons, Jr. talks about leaving Martha Graham to dance for Merce Cunningham, explicates the Cunningham work process and method, and discusses Merce as a model for perseverance in performance. Also featuring Sandra Neels, his dancing partner in the company, with archival footage of Cunningham coaching them in "Scramble" (1967). In addition, see Cunningham and Solomons in excerpts from "RainForest" (1968), with decor by Andy Warhol. We open the episode with Merce himself discussing Martha Graham, with film of her solo in "Frontier" (1935), and conclude with current film of Solomons, the artistic director of the Paradigm Dance Ensemble, in a solo by Wally Cardona.