Her style, the Graham techniquereshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.
History M Sherwood T In Brief Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. It all began in when Martha Graham started teaching a group of dancers who had been drawn to her creative work.
Thus began the Martha Graham Studio, to remain under her personal guidance for the next 66 years. Influencing generations of choreographers and dancers including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp, Graham forever altered the scope of dance.
By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time. With an artistic practice deeply ingrained in the rhythm of American life and the struggles of the individual, Graham brought a distinctly American sensibility to every theme she explored.
Works such as RevoltImmigrant: Martha Graham remained a strong advocate of the individual throughout her career, creating works such as Deaths and EntrancesAppalachian SpringDark Meadowand Errand into the Maze to explore human and societal complexities.
Through the representation of important American cultural groups such as Native Americans, African-Americans, and Puritans and the integration of text from historical American documents, Graham was able to capture the soul of the American people.
During her long and illustrious career, Graham created masterpiece dance compositions, which continue to challenge and inspire generations of performers and audiences.
Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable. Always a fertile ground for experimentation, Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Paul Taylor.
Her groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style have earned the Company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
With programs that unite the work of choreographers across time within a rich historical and thematic narrative, the Company is actively working to create new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences. The Company continues to expand its mission to present the work of its founder and her contemporaries, and remains a leader by catalyzing new works with commissions that bring fresh perspectives to dance classics, such as American Document and Lamentation Variations Multimedia programs like Dance is a Weapona montage of several works connected through text and media, redefine the boundaries of contemporary dance composition.
Students come from around the world to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the only school primarily focused upon teaching the Martha Graham Technique and Repertory.Home to the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Martha Graham Resources and Licensing, the Center supports creative activity in all divisions — from new theatrical programming and commissioned art, to experiential curricula and innovative engagement opportunities for all types of audiences.
Watch video · The Technique Over the span of her career, Martha Graham created one of the only fully comprehensive sets of techniques that exist in modern dance. Although Graham’s technique was in many ways a rebellion against ballet, it did, like all of the early modern styles, overlap in some ways with a classical dance vocabulary.
There are turned-out as well as parallel movements in the Graham technique. Why the lead dancer in 'Appalachian Spring' must be a 'strong and complex woman' David Hochoy worked with the mother of modern dance, Martha Graham, before she died.
The footage of "Appalachian Spring" clearly illustrates how Graham adapted her percussive, angular movement style to fit the period setting of the piece. Graham's Career Martha Graham died in , after a career that lasted 75 years and produced some of the greatest masterpieces of .
–Martha Graham Martha Graham’s impact on dance was staggering and often compared to that of Picasso’s on painting, Stravinsky’s on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s on architecture.
Her contributions transformed the art form, revitalizing and expanding dance around the world.