Dance in the twentieth century was redefined by Merce Cunningham. During his immensely prolific, seventy-year career, Cunningham created hundreds of dances and “events” that approached choreography, collaboration and the relationship between movement and music in a way never before seen. He actively choreographed and mentored his company until his death in 2009 at the age of ninety. The Legacy Tour is the company’s farewell performance; the Cunningham Dance Foundation is preparing to close, handing over a massive body of work to a preservation trust established by Cunningham. In short, this is the last chance to see the dancers trained by the man himself. Two programs cover thirty years of work; Friday night is a collection of shorter pieces including a revival of “Squaregame” in its first staging since 1980. Saturday night is the evening-length “Roaratorio,” a collaboration with John Cage inspired by Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.” (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)369-8330. November 18 and November 19 at 8pm. $25-$65.