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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 740,482 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Merce Cunningham is the 29th most popular dancer (down from 24th in 2019), the 2,109th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,471st in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Dancer.

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  • 2.74

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Among dancers, Merce Cunningham ranks 29 out of 76Before him are Bronislava Nijinska, Liane de Pougy, Mary Wigman, Carlo Blasis, La Goulue, and Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo. After him are Agrippina Vaganova, Pierre Beauchamp, Roland Petit, Filippo Taglioni, August Bournonville, and Jules Perrot.

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Among people born in 1919, Merce Cunningham ranks 73Before him are Peter Abrahams, Wolfgang Wagner, Liberace, Maurice Herzog, Charles Sweeney, and François Périer. After him are Licio Gelli, Joe Weider, George Wallace, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Abdel Hakim Amer, and Frederik Pohl. Among people deceased in 2009, Merce Cunningham ranks 75Before him are Pavle, Serbian Patriarch, James Whitmore, Jack Kemp, Ricardo Montalbán, Luís Cabral, and Achille Compagnoni. After him are Yves Rocher, Augusto Boal, Pat Hingle, Frank McCourt, Andrew Wyeth, and Bea Arthur.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Merce Cunningham ranks 2,109 out of 18,182Before him are John Philip Sousa (1854), Joe Pantoliano (1951), Jeffrey C. Hall (1945), Sheldon Adelson (1933), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944), and Robert Ballard (1942). After him are Steve Morse (1954), Charles M. Rice (1952), Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Leonard Kleinrock (1934), Karl Guthe Jansky (1905), and Frank Jack Fletcher (1885).

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 William Forsythe (1949), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), Adam Darius (1930), Katherine Dunham (1909), Frankie Manning (1914), Twyla Tharp (1941), and Agnes de Mille (1905).