Merce Cunningham Profile/ Biography, DOB, Age, Height, Bio, Family, Wife, Net worth

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Merce Cunningham (Mercier Philip Cunningham)

Last Updated: 23 Oct, 2022 | Views: 79

Age: 90

Profession: Dancer

Other Profession(s): Choreographer

Birth Date, Sign & Religion Details

Date of Birth
16 Apr, 1919
Birth Country
United States
Birth State/Province
Birth District
Birth Sign
Died on
26 Jul, 2009

About Merce Cunningham

About (Profile/Biography):

Merce Cunningham, a well-known American dancer, and choreographer, was born on April 16, 1919, in Washington. He attended Mills College while completing his official studies in dance and theatre, where he studied with renowned dancer and choreographer Lester Horton. Later, Martha Graham, a well-known dancer, saw him and offered him to join her company. He agreed to the deal and relocated to New York to start working for her.


He started his career in 1939 as a soloist. He played the lead role in several productions, such as "El Penitente" (1939) and "Appalachian Spring" (1944).

Merce Cunningham also began choreographing with "Root of an Unfocus".

He launched his independent career as a choreographer with John Cage. They worked together on "The Seasons" (1947) and "Inlets" (1978).

Cunningham developed choreography by chance by using random methods, such as "tossing a coin," which assigns chosen gestures in sequential order. 

Cunningham began creating choreography in the early 1990s using the computer animation programme DanceForms. Right up to his own passing, he kept running his dance troupe. After his passing, the business embarked on a two-year homage tour before being shut down in 2012.

Cunningham created numerous astounding dance productions like "Suite for Five", "Crises", "Sounddance", "Fabrications", "Ocean", "Split Sides", "Views on Stage", and his final one, "Nearly Ninety".

Achievements and Awards:

He received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 1999

Merce received "The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize" in 2000.

Unknown facts:

Merce founded the "Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC)" in 1953 while lecturing.

Merce peacefully passed away on July 26, 2009, at the age of 90.


Physical Stats

Height (Approx.)
In Centimeters 168 cm
In Meters 1.68 m
In feet Inches 5'6"
Weight (Approx.)
In Kilograms 65 Kg
In Pounds 143 lbs
Eye Color
Hair Color

Family Details

Father's Name
Clifford D. Cunningham
Mother's Name
Mayme Joach
John Cage
Jack Cunningham