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Merce Cunningham’s Legacy Plan

Revisited is a series in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago. Here, Eugene Lim revisits the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s final performance.

Photo: © Daniel Arkham

CONAN: How do you obliterate space and time?

Mr. JONES: Well, you know, sometimes, when I’ve had one tequila too many and I’m lying on the floor, I feel pretty obliterated in space and time. No, but I don’t think that’s what [Merce] meant.

—Bill T. Jones remembering Merce Cunningham, on NPR.

On the few last nights of 2011, I saw a series of

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