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Merce Cunningham Dance Company, photo by Anna Finke

Merce Cunningham passed away on Sunday at the age of ninety. He was one of modern dance's pioneers, a force for innovation and purity in the art form. His works are some of the most technically challenging to dance and watch, he demanded a lot from his dancers as well as his audiences. Mr. Cunningham choreographed in an unusual way. He separated out all the other aspects of the work and choreographed the dance in isolation. Often the dancers only heard the music, wore the costumes and saw the set in a final rehearsal or on opening night. He embraced the fleeting nature of dance by ensuring the audience would never see the same performance twice by inviting into his process randomness, like the flip of a coin or roll of a dice. Merce Cunningham danced in his works until the age of seventy and was teaching class only a few months before he died. Merci Merce...

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Have a great weekend!
Bess