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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Martha Graham

This 1938 portrait of Martha Graham by Paul R. Meltsner hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Considered the mother of modern dance in America, Martha Graham brought dance into the vortex of the machine age: the idea of motion was a fundamental tenet of modernism, and Graham was determined to extract dance from its balletic-and European-classicism and infuse it with 'significant movement, . . . with excitement and surge.' She studied at Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn's Denishawn School from 1916 to 1923 and then worked at the Greenwich Village Follies, where she began to design and choreograph her own dances. By 1935 she had established the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance, and its first performance, 'Frontier,' reflected her notion that 'life today is nervous, sharp and zigzag.' Graham continued to perform until she was seventy-six and created new ballets until her death." -- National Portrait Gallery

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