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    Merce Cunningham Legacy

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    creative collaborations of Merce Cunningham. One could expect for a collaboration to be an intimate process between composers, designers, and choreographers and you could expect for Merce experience to be the same do to his exposure in Martha Graham’s company. In Martha Graham’s company, Cunningham was exposed to dance, sets, narrative and lighting being interdependent, but Cunningham decided to take the opposite approach in his work. He abandoned the theatrical and musical dependency of Graham’s work in favor of an independent collaborative process between the choreography, music and design. He found ways to isolate his choreographic process to create innovative and unexpected work which is I consider…

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    Merce Cunningham was born Mercier Philip Cunningham. He was born on April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington. His father was a lawyer and known for his work on the Centralia Massacre case. His mother was a world traveler and he described his mother as “an enormous energy and quite independent spirit” in his book, Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance. Merce Cunningham didn’t start dance at a really young age, he started when he was 12. He was introduced to dance by Maude Barrett who was attended…

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    Having done Cunningham technique it is posible to notice obvious similarities between ballet. Both class works on developing the desired aesthetics within body, movement grandeur and prevention of injury, for long lasting career. They share the same exercise like plies, foot work, arm exercises, different ways of brushing the feet, working out in turn out or parallel and many more. Ballet and Merce Cunningham dancers travell on the dance floor in similar patterns and ways. In both of the…

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    Those who can’t provide one way will provide another. Due to the need of an attorney, Mr. Cunningham pays through, the only way he can: through an entailment, which he provides stove wood, hickory nuts, and other farm produce. Asking why Mr. Cunningham pays back with food and other farm goods, Atticus answers Scout , “ Because that’s the only way he can pay me. He has no money” (Lee 27). This quote explains that through the difficult aftermath of the Great Depression, most people lost what…

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    Walter Cunningham Quotes

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    Those who can’t provide one way will provide another. Due to the need of an attorney, Mr. Cunningham pays through the only way he can: through an entailment which he provides stove wood, hickory nuts, and other farm produce. Asking why Mr. Cunningham pays back with food and other farm goods, Atticus answers Scout , “ Because that’s the only way he can pay me. He has no money” (Lee 27). This quote explains that through the difficult aftermath of the Great Depression, most people lost what little…

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    In the story “White Angel,” by Michael Cunningham, love and death is widespread, and it follows the story of two brothers - a nine-year old narrator, Bobby Morrow and his sixteen year old brother, Carlton. Both brothers are outgoing, and they have a strong relationship together. Cunningham uses both point of views and symbols to promote the theme.The Morrow’s house, which borders the cemetery becomes the symbol of both love and death. Bobby and Carlton often visits the cemetery to smoke…

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    Martha Graham Contribution

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    Martha Graham was a skilled and influential dancer who touched the lives of many. As an influential figure in someone’s life, one would leave a lasting mark on his or her actions, tendencies and personality. Graham left more than a lasting mark on the lives of Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor; she gave them training to become the dancers and choreographers that they were destined to be. Martha started the idea of innovation and modernization in dance; Cunningham and Taylor continued it. Martha…

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    A visionary choreographer named Merce Cunningham broke the laws of dance and created avant-garde pieces that inspired modern dance today. Cunningham’s love for birds reflects on his piece “Beach Birds”, premiered on June 20, 1991 at Theater 11. Using the technique of “choreography by chance” and distant ocean waves, Cunningham creates a simplistic piece that gives the audience a chance to give their own interpretation. As it is titled, the dance is solely based on existing beach birds living of…

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    Two modern dance masters of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham (1919 - 2009) and Alvin Ailey (1931 - 1989) both deceased and both from entirely different backgrounds, created genius compositions of movement and interpretation as exhibited on stage through their chosen art, modern dance. Suite for Five by Merce Cunningham (1956) and Revelations by Alvin Ailey (1960) were considered to be some of their greatest compositions and although the pieces were created and performed within four years…

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    History Of Dance Essay

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    the art of dance. He taught the idea that dancers needed to treat each part of their body as an instrument working together in a symphony and believed that every gesture made in choreography needed to have motivation behind it (Anderson; Nadel and Strauss). One of the first male dancers in Graham’s company, Merce Cunningham, also rose to fame during this time. He founded the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and his practices in abstract movement and a technique known as chance…

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