Working with Christopher Young, Technical Director at The Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in New York, AVP designed and installed a video system to capture and edit “Mondays with Merce,” a project funded by the Mellon Foundation in conjunction with New York University for the purpose of  preserving and making accessible the record of the technique of dance legend Merce Cunningham.

Challenges

  • To unobtrusively capture multiple angles of live dance instruction sessions with a single operator system while providing preservation worthy format deliverables for ingestion into a major university digital repository.

Solutions

  • AVP designed and installed a recording and editing system with four remote controlled high definition video cameras, two of which are on robotic arms.
  • Developed innovative preservation workflows for Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation to create and deposit deliverables.
  • Teamed with NYU Digital Library to further develop applications, workflows, and processes for continued preservation of these valuable records.