Clytemnestra – Martha Graham Dance Company

In Greek mythology Clytemnestra was the powerful but reviled queen who murdered her husband.

When watching this short clip from the full-length performance of Clytemnestra, notice Graham’s trademarks. The sharp, angular movements; the arms that slice through the air; the emotional facial expressions so reflective of the characters’ thoughts and feelings…

Seen as Graham’s last work of any real importance, she pulled out all the stops. Some feel Clytemnestra was a success; others felt it was less so, that the choreography was too dramatic, too pretentious. But what we do know is that from this point on Graham’s creativity began to fade.

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