Friday 31 October 2014

John Cage - The Musicircus happening (1967)

The Musicircus happening took place in the University of Illinois stock pavilion.  John Cage positioned the audience and performers in a way that reflected the facility's standard use as an arena for judging livestock. The performers were placed on raised platforms to mimic the judges, who typically sat in the stands above the central arena, while the audience took on the role of livestock roaming around the floor.  Cage worked with artist William Wegman to create some of the inflatables that were installed at the pavilion as well as other composers and performers from the University.

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