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The Brooklyn Rail

DEC 11-JAN 12

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DEC 11-JAN 12 Issue

Editor’s Note

“The Last Interview.” Photo Credit: Mondays with Merce.

I can’t remember when I fell in love with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. It wasn’t immediate, I know that. As Robert Swinston says, the first few times, “I really couldn’t grasp it all.”

And now the company—the work—is slipping so quickly through our grasp. The Legacy Tour is entering its final month (it will have, by the time you read this), rushing toward the final performance on New Year’s Eve. In with the new. Out with the old. Always with art.

It is my honor to dedicate the December/January dance pages to Merce Cunningham, and the many fine individuals who have helped him, in his lifetime and after, to make his art what it is.



Claudia La Rocco

CLAUDIA LA ROCCO writes about performance for the New York Times and is the founder of, which won a 2011 Arts Writers Grant. She is a member of Off The Park press, where she is editing an anthology of poems by painters. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Art's graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing.


The Brooklyn Rail

DEC 11-JAN 12

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