One year ago: Merce Cunningham
Pioneering choreographer Merce Cunningham "changed dance, and, in his continual need for innovative scores, he helped change music as well," wrote Mark Swed, The Times' music critic. "He always wanted to be one step ahead of everyone else so he could learn something new."
"Every piece is so different in its dynamics and space and variety of language," Mikhail Baryshnikov told Newsday in 1999. "No words can describe my admiration and fascination with this man."
His news obituary appeared in The Times on July 28, 2009.
Photo: Merce Cunningham in 2009. Credit: Associated Press