RIP Merce Cunningham

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Top news on the LATimes site.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:25 (eleven years ago) link

Similarly at the NYT.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:32 (eleven years ago) link


Eazy, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:33 (eleven years ago) link

The I-Ching is the Book of Changes, and Mr. Cunningham’s choreography became an expression of the nature of change itself. He altered images onstage without narrative sequence or psychological causation, and the audience was allowed to watch dance as one might watch successive events in a landscape or on a street corner.

“Psychology doesn’t interest him; zoology and anthropology do,” Mr. Cunningham’s leading co-dancer, Carolyn Brown, once wrote. When another dancer asked what “Minutiae” (1953) was about, Mr. Cunningham took her to the window of the New York studio, showed her the street below and said, “That.”

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:34 (eleven years ago) link

Mr. Cunningham often spoke and wrote movingly about the nature of dance and would laugh about its maddening impermanence.

“You have to love dancing to stick to it,” he once wrote. “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.”

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:35 (eleven years ago) link

RIP - the dude was inspiring even in his old age. so full of life and creativity!! Thanks for everything!!

Fetchboy, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:35 (eleven years ago) link

RIP. a sad loss.

jed_, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

never got to see the company perform but i loved this when i saw it at dia:


john q. lazzarus (donna rouge), Monday, 27 July 2009 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

i feel lucky to have celebrated his 90th birthday with him this year and to have seen his last piece. It was beautiful. Sonic Youth played and the set was like this big industrial lego sculpture thing, that the band was suspended on.

may he rest in peace.

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Monday, 27 July 2009 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

That's quite a memory to have, I'm envious.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

that is awesome surm


sleeve, Monday, 27 July 2009 19:02 (eleven years ago) link

In his own words.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 July 2009 21:22 (eleven years ago) link

oh wow, friend and i were JUST talking about his legacy/what will happen to his works after his death (this was inspired by pina bausch's death). rip!!!!

tehresa, Monday, 27 July 2009 21:25 (eleven years ago) link

Wasn't there a very recent controversy where he mysteriously fired a couple of his longest serving dancers with no reasons provided?

Metro Video Centers, Monday, 27 July 2009 23:52 (eleven years ago) link


xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

RIP. We serendipitously had a class on his work scheduled for today, so I got to watch Biped today.

Not to be disrespectful to the deceased, but how disrespectful was Garrison Keillor's obit in Salon?

Mordy, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 03:28 (eleven years ago) link

Peace. Grace. Separateness. Freedom. Longing. Detachment. Repetition. Circumspection. Sorrow. Affection.

youn, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 23:39 (eleven years ago) link

omg that keillor obit is str8 garbage

john q. lazzarus (donna rouge), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 23:42 (eleven years ago) link

Wow, I missed this completely! RIP the Merce!!!!

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan noo an' aw (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:28 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, this completely passed me by... Such sad news.

I miss you. Don't be dead.

youn, Friday, 31 July 2009 22:13 (eleven years ago) link

ten years pass...

Saw a documentary tonight (Cunningham--with two documentaries on photographer Bill Cunningham, Merce would have been a better title). Tough go for me. It felt like there was an assumed familiarity with and understanding of modern dance; I have neither. I needed some of those much-reviled talking heads to give me some context as to how the work I was seeing connected to other art (there was a little bit on the abstract expressionist painters) and to the world (again, brief mention of Vietnam and race riots).

clemenza, Friday, 14 February 2020 00:55 (seven months ago) link

The trailer.

clemenza, Friday, 14 February 2020 00:55 (seven months ago) link

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