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  • Martha Graham’s The Heretic

    Martha Graham’s The Heretic

    Martha Graham’s Heretic, 1929, is contrast itself. Contrast in character, in emotions, facial expressions, and in costume… The obvious intolerance and the condescending nature of the ensemble versus the vulnerability and despair of the heretic, Ms. Sheu, literally takes you aback. At some level we can all identify with the anguish and rejection experienced by the heretic, Graham’s own role. The feelings of being shut out and ignored…. As well, at some level we can all identify with the haughty […]

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  • Martha Graham Company – Excerpts From Maple Leaf Rag

    Martha Graham Company – Excerpts From Maple Leaf Rag

    This is one piece choreographed by Martha Graham that you’ll never forget. In Graham’s interpretation of excerpts from Maple Leaf Rag, watch the facial expressions, well-defined shapes and angles, and the flawless athleticism. Pure sensory pleasure, plain and simple… It is at the same time lovely, funny, and engaging. And what a change of pace for Martha Graham! (Interview with principal dancer, Blakey White McGuire) Don’t miss this footage of Martha in her dressing world as she talks about dance […]

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  • Peggy Lyman Performs Martha Graham’s Lamentation

    Peggy Lyman Performs Martha Graham’s Lamentation

    Watch as Peggy Lyman performs Martha Graham’s Lamentations. This dance expresses the tragic side of human emotions. Emotions of mourning, despair, and hopelessness… Watch Peggy as she portrays a mother wracked with pain at the loss of her son. As she stretches  and pushes against a simple tube of a costume, it’s as if she’s trying to get outside her own skin and beyond her own emotions. But first she must experience them. Please share this video with someone who may […]

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