Dancers Pay Tribute to Merce Cunningham

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A memorial for dancer, choreographer and artist Merce Cunningham was held last night at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

Cunningham, an avant garde choreographer who founded his own dance company in 1953 and performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others, died in July at age ninety.

His tribute was organized by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and was open to the public.

“This is in memory of Merce,” Trevor Carlson, the executive director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, told Time Out. “And the people that meant the most to Merce were his dancers.”

Men and women who had worked with Cunningham throughout his career, including Glen Rumsey, Valda Setterfield, Lisa Boudreau and Banu Ogan, performed Wednesday night to his choreography on three different stages, according to WNYC.

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