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In the Loop: July 29, 2009 Archive

Merce Cunningham and the YouTube generation

Posted at 4:32 PM on July 29, 2009 by Jeff Horwich (1 Comments)

I'm not into modern dance. Dance in general is one of those areas of human life that I just don't really get (yet -- I'm working on it).

So why should us non-dance people care about choreographer Merce Cunningham (who died this week at age 90)? Despite the obituaries I'd read, I still wanted to know.

I asked for a listener who'd be willing to make the case to me. Linda Shapiro responded, somehow connecting it all to postmodernism and YouTube and making a lot of sense.

It's not every interview where I really, seriously learn something. This is one of those.

(Photo credit: Edward Santalone/Associated Press)

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