MSP 98: Alla Kovgan



CUNNINGHAM traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The film weaves together Cunningham’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.

About the Author

Born in Moscow, Kovgan has divided her time between Europe and the U.S., bringing two decades of experience working with dance and film on screen, VR and in theatre, as well as a strong record as a documentary writer and editor. Her film NORA, about Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, has been presented at over 120 festivals, received 30 awards in every genre, and was broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, PBS, TV3 (Spain), NRK (Norway) and SVT (Sweden). Within the last decade, Alla co-directed, co-wrote and edited an Emmy®-nominated TRACES OF THE TRADE (Sundance, PBS) and MOVEMENT REVOLUTION AFRICA (ZDF/ARTE), which the Village Voice described as a “knockout.” Alla also edited MY PERESTROIKA (Sundance, PBS, Silverdocs, Full Frame). Her first VR piece with Finnish music duo Puhti DEVIL’S LUNGS won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the Vienna Shorts Festival, which made her an artist-in-residence at Vienna’s Museum Quarter 21 in 2019.  She is a recipient of many grants and awards, including a Poynter Fellowship at Yale University, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and the Brother Thomas Fellowship for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity.