Merce Cunningham Centennial
To open our contemporary dance season, the Kennedy Center joins the global centennial celebration of one of the most important figures in modern dance, icon Merce Cunningham. Throughout his seven-decade career, Cunningham incorporated intense physicality and technological advancements in his work, flooding the field with never-before-seen innovation that reverberated around the world. His creations often pulled from music, visual art, and film to expand the boundaries of performance. Starting his career as a disciple of the legendary Martha Graham, Cunningham too stands as one of the founders of modern dance. His life and work have inspired countless artists, and his legacy will live on for decades to come.