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ChoreographyMerce Cunningham MusicDavid Tudor DécorAndy Warhol First Performance DateMarch 9, 1968 First Performance VenueSUNY Buffalo, NY
In honor of the people of Russia with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and under the auspices of the U.S-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission
The title for RainForest came from Cunningham’s childhood memories of the Northwest, and the rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. RainForest differed from Cunningham’s other pieces in that, with the exception of Cunningham, each of the six dancers performed his or her role, then left the stage and never returned. Andy Warhol agreed to let Cunningham use his installation Silver Clouds--a number of Mylar pillows filled with helium, so that they floated freely in the air. The dancers wore flesh-colored leotards and tights, which Jasper Johns (uncredited) cut with a razor blade, to give the costumes a roughened appearance. The music was by David Tudor, and evoked the chirping and chattering of birds and animals. ― David Vaughan