Merce Cunninghamavant-garde dancer, choreographer
Birthplace: Centralia, Washington
Dancer and choreographer whose avant-garde dances focus on pure movement and chance. He has often collaborated with American artists, including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and the composer John Cage. Cunningham danced with Martha Graham (1940–55) and formed his own company in 1950. His dances include Suite by Chance (1952) and Locale (1980).