Merce Cunningham

1919 - 2009

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Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham (April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009) was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years. He frequently collaborated with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, and graphic artists Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Jasper Johns; and fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Merce Cunningham has received more than 668,334 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Merce Cunningham is the 24th most popular dancer (up from 29th in 2019), the 1,472nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,927th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Dancer.

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Among dancers, Merce Cunningham ranks 24 out of 75Before him are Galina Ulanova, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, Alicia Alonso, Tamara Karsavina, and Serge Lifar. After him are Pierre Beauchamp, Zizi Jeanmaire, Filippo Taglioni, Carlo Blasis, Agrippina Vaganova, and Bronislava Nijinska.

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Among people born in 1919, Merce Cunningham ranks 51Before him are Jennifer Jones, Georges Duby, Art Blakey, Martin Balsam, Liberace, and Lauri Törni. After him are Margaret Burbidge, Hermine Braunsteiner, Bob Paisley, Valentino Mazzola, Gillo Pontecorvo, and César Manrique. Among people deceased in 2009, Merce Cunningham ranks 51Before him are Ertuğrul Osman, Sverre Fehn, Amin al-Hafiz, Gaafar Nimeiry, Arne Næss, and J. G. Ballard. After him are Mario Benedetti, Norman Borlaug, Yves Rocher, Tomohiko Ikoma, Kim Peek, and Ingemar Johansson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Merce Cunningham ranks 1,472 out of 15,968Before him are Leslie Groves (1896), Paul Flory (1910), George Stigler (1911), Christine Baranski (1952), Patrick Dempsey (1966), and Norman Mailer (1923). After him are Steve Bannon (1953), Bob Fosse (1927), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Roy O. Disney (1893), Lee Miller (1907), and Lee Konitz (1927).

Among DANCERS In United States

Among dancers born in United States, Merce Cunningham ranks 4Before him are Isadora Duncan (1877), Josephine Baker (1906), and Martha Graham (1894). After him are Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), Adam Darius (1930), Frankie Manning (1914), Katherine Dunham (1909), Twyla Tharp (1941), Melody Thornton (1984), and Rozonda Thomas (1971).