The Obama administration plan to improve the United States’ relationship with Russia, but not just through bureaucratic means. The U.S. State Department will provide support for Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performances in the International Chekhov Festival in Moscow, where the company will perform three well-known Cunningham works on June 14 – 16.

The trip is part of what is being called the legacy tour, undertaken to commemorate the death of Merce Cunningham, an internationally acclaimed modern dance pioneer, in 2009. “Biped,” “Xover” and “RainForest” will be performed and the State Department will assist an online project that will catalogue the process of creating “RainForest.” A series of educational programs, including a film series and a workshop from the company, will accompany the performances.

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