1919 - Merce Cunningham, born on the 16th of April in in Centralia, Washington. An American modern dancer and choreographer.
1940 - 1955 - He studied with Martha Graham and was a soloist in her company.
1942 - He presented his first work.
1952 - His best-known early works include Suite by Chance and Symphonie pour un homme seul, which reveal his spare, expressive style.
1953 - Formed his own company, beginning to create innovative dances to the music of avant-garde composers, including his longtime friend and musical director John Cage.
1980 - 1991 - His later works include Locale and Duets, Fabrications, and Tracker.
1994 - 2003 - The first work he created with the aid of a computer; Crwdspcr; Installations; Scenario; Biped; Way Station; and Split Sides, with music by the experimental rock bands Radiohead and Sigur Ros.
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