You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for unsteady souls .

— Merce Cunningham

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There's no thinking involved in my choreography.

.. I don't work through images or ideas. I work through the body... If the dancer dances, which is not the same as having theories about dancing or wishing to dance or trying to dance, everything is there. When I dance, it means: this is what I am doing.


The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion, the steadfast and willing devotion to the labor that makes the classwork not a gymnastic hour and a half, or at the lowest level, a daily drudgery, but a devotion that allows the classroom discipline to become moments of dancing too.


The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion.


My dance classes were open to anybody, my only stipulation was that they had to come to the class every day.


The only way to do it is to do it.


I think of dance as a constant transformation of life itself.


I'm not expressing anything. I'm presenting people moving.


You have to love dancing to stick to it.


I was told that I had to give grades to the students, which I wasn't particularly interested in doing.


Dancing is a spiritual exercise in a physical form.


There are no fixed points in space.


Falling is one of the ways of moving.


About Merce Cunningham

Quotes 15 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Dancer
Birthday April 16, 1919

Anything can feed you, depending on the way you look at it.


Light or luminosity is created by the way elements are juxtaposed.

They become reflective and a radiance comes from putting different things together.

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