Death of Merce Cunningham

April 16, 1919 - July 26, 2009
New York, New York | Age 90

Avant-garde dancer and choreographer
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By POLLY ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Merce Cunningham, the avant-garde dancer and choreographer who revolutionized modern dance by creating works of pure movement divorced from storytelling and even from their musical accompaniment, has died at age 90, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Cunningham died on Sunday at his Manhattan home of natural causes, said Leah Sandals, spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Sandals would not specify the exact cause...

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