Film screening: Cunningham


From 5 March 2020




Garage Auditorium


An epic documentary portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most prominent choreographers.

Reconstructions of dances, archival footage, photographs, and letters. Off-camera excerpts of interviews from different periods and memoirs of friends and colleagues. Cunningham asks to be called a dancer. Not an avant-garde or experimental choreographer—just dancer, it’s quite enough for him. He tells the story of meeting John Cage, remembers his early years, and brings to life the shadows of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Liechtenstein… Meagre descriptions are unable to explain the idiosyncrasy of this picture by Alla Kovgan, which took her seven years to shoot, eventually turning into a monument to the great dancer.

The film’s language somehow reminiscent of Win Wenders’s Pina, as Kovgan does her best, and does it excellently, to show how Cunningham worked with space. Live dance pieces were shot on New York streets, on the subway, in parks, and even on the roofs of houses. This biopic proves once again that documentaries can be as overwhelming as fiction films.

The film will be introduced by director Alla Kovgan. 

Director: Alla Kovgan
Germany, France, USA, 2019. 93 min. 16+


Standard: 400 RUB
Student: 300 RUB*

 Garage Members: 200 RUB.


Concessions for pensioners, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 200 RUB**

To book members’ tickets, call +7 (499) 345-10-00 or email Booked tickets must be paid for no later than 30 minutes before the screening.

Film will be shown in original language with Russian subtitles.
Screening accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing.

* For students of 18 to 25 years old with student ID
** Please bring proof of eligibility