I first studied with Merce circa 1971 when he conducted a workshop in my hometown, Pittsburgh. I was 17. Later, living in New York, I studied at Cunningham’s Westbeth studio right down the block from my Washington Street apartment.
It was with almost uncontainable pleasure that I attended countless performances of Merce Cunningham’s dance company — the head tingled for days afterward from the stimulation. At a certain point I saw the company almost every season, and in 2003, I took the TGV high-speed train from Paris to see them in Lyons. A few random memories about Merce Cunningham are included on my bio page.
I recommend Elizabeth Zimmer’s obituary of Merce Cunningham.