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Remembering Merce Cunningham

The day after legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham's death, the dance critic for The Wall Street Journal recalls Cunningham as someone who "worked tirelessly to challenge the way people saw and thought about dance." Cunningham challenged audiences, who regularly walked out on performances when confronted with his iconoclastic designs. Did he want to test the public? To answer that question, Cunningham quoted his artistic and life partner John Cage, "No... I'm out to bring poetry into their lives." "Cunningham’s dancers became a breed of their own, precisely poised between the worlds of ballet and modern dancing," Robert Greskovic writes.

July 28, 2009 2:24 AM