Merce Cunningham lives on in motion capture experience at Jacob's Pillow

By Katherine Abbott

Points of light move in the dark. A bright thread hovers between them, lingers like an afterimage and then fades.

The pattern shifts in the colors of a nebula.

It is an abstract work of digital art, guided by artificial intelligence. And it forms in a dancer's hands.

Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie created Loops, melding dance and visual art, with the innovative choreographer Merce Cunningham, and they are celebrating Cunningham's centennial with a double exhibit at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this summer—a virtual reality experience in Blake's Barn and a photography exhibit in the Doris Duke Theatre.

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