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Merce Cunningham dies at 90

In 1944, Merce Cunningham, then a dancer in the Martha Graham Company, left to start creating his own dance ideas and never looked back. In 1953 he established the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and, teaming with composer John Cage and artists like Robert Rauschenberg, he completely changed our ideas about dance and staged movement.

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Cunningham and Cage, aside from becoming the kind of committed couple that was not discussed in the fifties or sixties, developed a commitment to concepts like chance procedures and the creation of “events.”

Cunningham stopped performing himself after Cage’s death in 1992, but went on to explore dance in technology and animation among other things.