RIP Merce Cunningham

Posted: July 28, 2009 in All and Sundry, Art Attacks, dance

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“…only he who is willing to give his body for the sake of the world is fit to be entrusted with the world.

Only he who can do it with love is worthy of being the steward of the world.”  -Tao Te Ching

Merce Cunningham, one of the greatest dancers of all time, a genius even who changed the landscape of modern/contemporary dance, died last Sunday, July 26.

Tsk tsk. Finding out about his death was kinda sad for me. I was really looking forward to catching a glimpse of him when I get to New York. Goodbye dream. Oh well, I do hope his dance company will live on just as well as Martha’s did. I will definitely try to watch a show or two by his company (that is, if they will still do shows).

Two years ago, I watched a documentary about Merce and fell in love with his work and his mind (more importantly). I bought all of the dvds that his company sold online. That was how

Thank you Merce for everything you have given to the world–the wit, the intensity, those wonderful moments of movement that pierced into the heart of humanity. You might have died but I know your influence has greater reach and your art will leave on forever. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt of the news article on his death from Yahoo news:

NEW YORK – Choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham was hailed Monday as a revolutionary artist who remade the very definition of dance.

Cunningham _ who was still working as he marked his 90th birthday just 3 1/2 months ago _ died on Sunday at his Manhattan home, said Leah Sandals, spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She said he died of natural causes but declined to elaborate.

The onetime Martha Graham dancer was credited with remaking modern dance by creating works of pure movement divorced from storytelling and even from musical accompaniment.

“I’d rather find out something than repeat what I know,” he once said. “I prefer adventure to something that’s fixed.” read more

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