Merce Cunninghamb. 1919 Centralia, Washington – d. 2009 New York, NY(dancer/choreographer)
Merce Cunningham gave up a prominent place in the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1945 to produce abstract dances which he composed with the accent on movement itself. His dance experimentation and controversial ideas intrigued most, infuriated some, and enchanted many. He has also been hailed as a "giant of modern dance" and as "a liberating force not only for the entire generation of modern-dance choreographers since the 1960s, but also for the dance world at large.