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Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)

Merce Cunningham was born on April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington, USA as Mercier Philip Cunningham. He is known for his work on 498 Third Avenue (1967), Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2009) and Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work (1997). He was married to John Cage. He died on July 26, 2009 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 1992 Beach Birds for Camera (choreographer)
 1989 Changing Steps (Documentary) (choreographer)
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Considered a pioneer of modern dance, Cunningham was a member of Martha Graham's company (1939-45), and become a choreographer at Graham's own urging.

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You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

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Among his inspirations were his interests in anthropology and Zen Buddhism. See more »

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