CalArts Alumni Magazine

Holley Farmer Brings Merce Cunningham’s Technique

A principal dancer for 12 years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Holley Farmer joined the CalArts faculty and is currently teaching Cunningham’s technique to students in The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. She will also serve as director of the BFA program in Dance.

As a stager, Farmer is authorized by the Merce Cunningham Trust to teach and present the choreographer’s dances. “I am an original source of the legacy,” she says. “I’d go crazy if I wasn’t in an academic setting with the opportunity to pass the practice forward.”