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Martha Graham: The Evolution of Her Dance Theory and Trainingby Marian Horosko
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"A much-needed update to Horosko's earlier book on Graham, offering an insightful look into the world of Martha Graham from those who worked very closely with her throughout the years."--Elizabeth Bergmann, dance director, Harvard University
Marian Horosko brings together new and previously published interviews of Martha Graham's "family" of dancers, teachers, choreographers, and actors and interweaves them with provocative biographical material about the life and influence of the creator of classic modern dance.
Spanning the past seventy-five years, the interviews testify to the remarkable legacy that inspired the careers of many in the dance world, among them dancers from the contemporary generation who inherited her technique but never saw her perform. The interviews of teachers, all former Graham students, reflect their passion for maintaining Graham's few fixed principles and her emotional integrity. Some of the foremost actors of Graham's time (she died in 1991) describe their stormy encounters with her in the process of her attempts to teach them that "movement doesn't lie." Although not a textbook—no textbook describing the exercises exists—this book offers the only syllabus in print of Graham's work. Drawn from a private film of a class for her advanced and professional company members in the 1960s, it includes comments from Graham and testifies to her use of imagery in teaching.
Photographs that capture the dancers' physical configuration document the development of Graham's choreographic legacy, which expanded and changed as she created each new work, more than 200 in all. These images, along with the interviews and commentary, plot the evolution of Graham's methodology and vocabulary of movement, on which classical modern dance continues to rely.
Marian Horosko, a former member of the New York City Ballet, is the author or editor of five books on dance.
In her heyday, Martha Grahamandrsquo;s name was internationally recognized within the modern dance world, and though trends in choreography continue to change, her status in dance still inspires regard. In this, the first extended feminist look at this modern dance pioneer, Victoria Thoms explores the cult of Graham and her dancing through a feminist lens that exposes the gendered meaning behind much of her work. Thoms synthesizes a diverse archive of material on Graham from films, photographs, memoir, and critique in order to uniquely highlight her contribution to the dance world and arts culture in general.
Martha Graham's "family" of dancers, teachers, choreographers, and actors speak to the legacy of this dance pioneer whose philosophies on movement still influence the world of classical modern dance today. 50 photos.
About the Author
Victoria Thoms is a senior lecturer in dance practice and performance at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.
Table of Contents
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1and#160; Martha Graham as Ghost
2 and#160;Graham and the Spectres of Feminism
3and#160; Haunting Cultural Imperialism: Graham, London, and the Phantom of the Ballet
4and#160; Grahamand#8217;s Haunted Relationship with the Camera: Reality, Time, and Dancing
5and#160; Ways of Speaking with the Dead: Graham and Queer Resurrection
6and#160; Martha Graham in our Hands
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