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Merce Cunningham was a dancer and choreographer known for his long-time collaboration with avant-garde composer John Cage.
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Cunningham debuted Biped that same year, which incorporated computer-generated imagery alongside his dancers.
Cunningham created several more dance pieces before his death. He passed away of natural causes on July 26, 2009 at his home in New York. His namesake dance company went on a two-year tour after his death as a tribute to the great choreographer. After the tour, the company closed its doors. The Merce Cunningham Trust was established to preserve his works,
including more than 150 dances, and his legacy.
During his nearly 70-year career, Cunningham received numerous honors. He won two Guggenheim fellowships—in 1954 and in 1959. In 1985, Cunningham received the Kennedy Center Honors and a MacArthur Fellowship. He also was granted several honorary degrees from such schools as Bard College and Wesleyan University.
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