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Merce Cunningham, Choreographer, Dies at 90
JULY 27, 2009 TAGS:
Widely held as one of the most influential and brilliant choreographers of his generation, and one of the best dancers ever, Merce Cunningham redefined American dance. He died on Sunday, July 26th at the age of 90.
From the New York Times:
Cunningham along with Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins founded what might be called the New York School of Dance. They:
"combined and rejected the rival influences of modern dance and ballet, notably the senior choreographers Martha Graham and George Balanchine. They absorbed aspects of ordinary pedestrian movement, the natural world and city life. They tested connections between private subject matter and theatrical expression. And they re-examined the relationship between dance and its sound accompaniment.”
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