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Merce Cunningham Made Impact on Central MN

07/27/2009 - 12:00 PM

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Merce Cunningham Made Impact on Central MN

Just ten months after making a memorable visit in St. Cloud, world-renowned dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham has died at the age of 90. Those close to Cunningham say he died of natural causes Sunday at his Manhattan home. His career spanned more than 60 years and some 150 works.

One of those works was “Ocean.” Many central Minnesotans might remember the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performance last September at the Rainbow Quarry in Waite Park.

Cunningham revolutionized dance by wiping out storytelling and even rolling dice to determine steps. He said the use of chance helped free his imagination. Though confined to a wheelchair in later years, Cunningham remained an active artist. When he turned 90 in April, he premiered a long piece called “Nearly Ninety.”

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