In Memoriam: Choreographer Merce Cunningham, 1919-2009

July 27th, 2009

Merce Cunningham, the American choreographer who is credited with reinventing the way we think about dance, has died at the age of 90. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Cunningham studied under Martha Graham before founding the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953.

SundayArts profiled Merce Cunningham on the eve of his 90th birthday and the world premiere of his work “Nearly Ninety” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April. Watch the profile below.

Cunningham was also profiled in the American Masters production in “Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance.”