Merce Cunningham, born Mercier Philip Cunningham

Merce
Cunningham, born Mercier Philip Cunningham
1919
2009

American Avant-garde Dancer, Choreographer, Author who did ground breaking work with composer John Cage

Author Quotes

There's no thinking involved in my choreography... I don't work through images or ideas. I work through the body... If the dancer dances, which is not the same as having theories about dancing or wishing to dance or trying to dance, everything is there. When I dance, it means: this is what I am doing.

The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion, the steadfast and willing devotion to the labor that makes the classwork not a gymnastic hour and a half, or at the lowest level, a daily drudgery, but a devotion that allows the classroom discipline to become moments of dancing too.

The only way to do it is to do it.

Dance is an art in space and time. The object of the dancer is to obliterate that.

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

I think of dance as a constant transformation of life itself.

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First Name
Merce
Last Name
Cunningham, born Mercier Philip Cunningham
Birth Date
1919
Death Date
2009
Bio

American Avant-garde Dancer, Choreographer, Author who did ground breaking work with composer John Cage