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Dance With Angels 15 – Martha Graham – Марта Грэхем

“Dance With Angels” Series

Dance With Angels

– 15 –

Martha Graham / Марта Грэхем

USA – United States of America

“Dance is the hidden language of the body,

Dance is the hidden language of the soul

and every dance is a kind of fever chart,

a graph of the heart”

– Martha Graham –


“Martha Graham was a small, birdlike woman

who was also a giant in the 20th world of modern dance.

She invented a movement vocabulary unlike that of classical ballet,

and created dances that delved into the most tortured

and ecstatic convolutions of the human psyche.”


“I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave.

In a dancer’s body,

we as audience must see ourselves,

not the imitated behavior of everyday actions,

not the phenomenon of nature,

not exotic creatures from another planet,

but something of the miracle that is a human being.”

Martha Graham


Lamentation – Martha Graham

Choreography: Martha Graham Music by: Zoltan Kodaly


Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain

The body is a sacred garment.

The body

is your instrument in dance,

but your art is outside that creature,

the body.

The body never lies.

The body says what words cannot.”

Martha Graham

Ovation TV | Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed


Martha Graham "Letter to the World" 1940 - photo by Barbara Morgan

“Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful.

But the path to paradise of the achievement

is not easier than any other.

There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep.

There are times of complete frustration,

there are daily small deaths.”

Martha Graham


Night Journey

Martha Graham "Letter to the World" 1940 photo by Barbara Morgan

Martha Graham "Letter to the World" 1940 photo by Barbara Morgan

Martha Graham

evolved her technique of contraction and release

from the natural exhalation and inhalation of breathing.

In her early abstract works she explored movement initiated in the torso.

In the late 1930’s, Graham became interested in narrative structure and literary subject matter.

With the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi

she created narrative locales that were both mythic and psychic.

She danced the roles of female protagonists confronting moments of crisis;

other dancers represented various aspects of the protagonist’s self in crisis.

text from:
Home of Dance Theater of the World and the Performing Arts


Martha Graham

is known as one of the pioneers

of modern dance



One response

  1. Да, на самом деле так оно и есть. :)

    April 29, 2010 at 17:22

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