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Merce Cunningham

30/07/2009
1919 - 2009
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Merce Cunningham on 26 July. Cunningham was regarded as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of his time, whose name will forever remain associated with the output of John Cage; his long time collaboration with Cage was perhaps the most influential in his development as a choreographer. John Cage was Musical Advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company since its inception, and continued until the composer's death in 1992.

Judith Fishman, chairman of the Cunningham Dance Foundation, said: Merce was an artistic maverick and the gentlest of geniuses. We have lost a great man and a great artist, but we celebrate his extraordinary life, his art, and the dancers and the artists with whom he worked.

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. It is not for unsteady souls.

Merce Cunningham 1919 - 2009

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Obituaries:
Times - www.timesonline.co.uk
Guardian - www.guardian.co.uk
Telegraph - www.telegraph.co.uk

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