Tomorrow night, December 31, 2011 marks the end of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
I have been attending Cunningham performances since I first moved to New York in the 1980's and have always loved his work. Merce passed away two and half years ago; John Cage in 1992.
"Launched in February 2010, the two-year the two-year Legacy Tour has celebrated Merce Cunningham's lifetime of creativity, and given audiences around the world a final opportunity to see Cunningham's work performed by the company he personally trained. Showcasing 18 seminal works from throughout his career, the Tour encompassed nearly 50 cities, and culminates in New York City - MCDC's home since it was founded in 1953 - on December 31, 2011." (From the Cunningham Dance Company website.)
Read more about the Legacy Plan here http://www.merce.org/p/
Alastair Macauly had a fine appreciation of Merce's legacy in the New York Times this week:
Together they re-imagined a new world for dance and music. It's a sad passing. Thank you Merce Cunningham, thank you John Cage, and thank you to all the dancers and musicians who brought the work to life.