Much of John Cage’s work depends on the immediacy of live performance and there is a great deal of theatre involved in Cage’s practice.
Thanks to his deep collaboration with the famous dancer and choreographer Merc Cunningham, dance and physical movement are often an essential part of a John Cage event (or ‘happening’).
Even when there is no obvious choreography, performance of a John Cage piece can often involves a lot of walking around the stage, moving from instrument to instrument and very precise physical gestures.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Cage performed a lot with the musician and composer David Tudor.. “In all my works since 1952,” says Cage, “I have tried to achieve what would seem interesting and vibrant to David Tudor. “Whatever succeeds in the works I have done has been determined in relationship to him.”