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Merce Cunningham Dance Company Returns to NYC for Final Performances

Monday, July 18, 2011

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing at la Comédie de Clermont in November 2010. Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing at la Comédie de Clermont in November 2010. (Sandrine Chapuis, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand/flickr/flickr)

After nearly 60 years of performing its contemporary choreographic collages worldwide, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will return to New York for the final performances of its two-year, farewell Legacy Tour. On Monday, the Park Avenue Armory announced that the company would perform two shows a night on multiple armory stages from December 29 through 31.

The New York residency at the armory, dubbed "Park Avenue Armory Events," marks the final stop on the company’s 50-city, international tour. Then the company will disband. $10 tickets to the performances go on sale on August 15.

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company previously performed at the armory in 1983 and 2009. Other dance programs at the armory in the coming season include performances by the Shen Wei Dance Arts company and by STREB.

The Legacy Tour was devised as part of the choreographer Merce Cunningham's Legacy Plan, which he established prior to his death in 2009. His plan outlined the future of the Cunningham Dance Foundation, which will continue to operate after the Legacy Tour has wrapped up. Among the foundation's tenets are the digital preservation of Cunningham's choreographies.

The Legacy Tour will also make a stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from December 7 through 10.

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