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Merce Cunningham’s Working Process



Acclaimed choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) was a leading figure in dance for more than half a century. His work embraced critical avant-garde principles and challenged expectations around dance. By emphasizing form over content, Cunningham sought to reduce dance to its essential element: movement. Cunningham also invited chance into his creative process, accepting uncertainty over considered choices. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television in 1981, Cunningham sits down in this segment to discuss his methodology and how a vocabulary of movement fuels his way of thinking.