Merce Cunningham, Acclaimed Choreographer, Dies at 90
Merce Cunningham, the acclaimed choreographer, has died at 90.
Cunningham founded the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and had a varied and prolific career over six decades that included collaborations with avant-garde composers include John Cage and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.
Merce Cunningham was widely considered one of "the most influential choreographers of the 20th century" who had "a profound influence" on modern and contemporary dance.
Merce Cunningham, the avant-garde choreographer whose unorthodox approaches and discoveries throughout a six-decade career made him one of the most important artists of the 20th century, influencing filmmakers and directors as well as choreographers worldwide, died Sunday night, the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation said. He was 90.
No cause of death was reported.
Cunningham lived in New York and was the Artistic Director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
A statement on the Merce website reads:
April 16, 1919 - July 26, 2009
The Cunningham Dance Foundation and Merce Cunningham Dance Company will receive visitors in the Merce Cunningham Studio from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.