« What Kovgan’s utterly transporting film does, through a thoughtful and dynamic combination of curated material and new performances, is radiate the rapturous power of dance. »
The Hollywood Reporter


2019 marks the centenary of legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. This poetic film traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. The 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into the choreographer’s world.


Festivals & Awards

  • 44th Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection 2019
  • 57th New York Film Festival, Official Selection 2019
  • 63rd BFI London Film Festival, Official Selection 2019



    • 2019 Cunningham
    • 2018 Devil’s Lungs
    • 2008 Nora (Short)
    • 2008 Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
    • 2007 Movement (R)evolution Africa


Ashley Chen, Brandon Collwes, Dylan Crossman, Julie Cunningham, Jennifer Goggans, Lindsey Jones, Cori Kresge, Daniel Madoff, Rashaun Mitchell, Marcie Munnerlyn, Silas Riener, Glen Rumse, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood


Screenwriter: Alla Kovgan
Cinematography: Mko Malkhasyan
Editing: Alla Kovgan
Sound Designer & mix: Francis Wargnier
Music: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)
Producers: Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan
Co-Producers: Dan Wechsler, Silvana Bezzola Rigolini, Annie Dautane, Gallien Chalanet Quercy
Production: Arsam International (FR), Achtung Panda! Media (DE), Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: 2.35 : 1 / couleur / 5.1
Runtime: 93′
Released: 2019
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German


Original title: Cunningham