A whirlwind year of dance

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 20, 2011

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The MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY celebrated its demise with a bang in December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with six repertory works by the late master of the new. Winding up their planned "Legacy Tour," the marvelous 14-member ensemble gave the last, lamented performances of Roaratorio, Second Hand, Pond Way, RainForest, BIPED, and Split Sides. Merce Cunningham pioneered the new dance beginning in the 1940s and presided over it until his death in 2009. Boston hadn't seen his work in decades, but his influence has marked us all.

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