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Merce Cunningham, Black Mountain College, 1953 Summer Art Institute - a set on Flickr
"Merce Cunningham (April 16, 1919-July 26, 2009) was among the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and was at the forefront of the American avant-garde for more than 50 years. Throughout much of his life, Cunningham was also considered one of the greatest American dancers. A constant collaborator who has influenced artists across disciplines, Cunningham’s impact extends beyond the dance world and has expanded the arts as a whole.

Merce Cunningham formed Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) at Black Mountain College while an instructor for the 1953 Summer Art Institute. The original Company included dancers Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Paul Taylor, and Remy Charlip, and musicians John Cage and David Tudor.

In its early years, MCDC toured in a Volkswagen bus driven by John Cage with just enough room for six dancers, the two musicians, and a stage manager, who was often Robert Rauschenberg."
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september 2010 by robertogreco

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