"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." -- Martha Graham

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." -- Martha Graham

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

Martha Graham, Lamantation, 1930. De manier van dansen die Graham ontwikkelde, staat bekend als Grahamdans. Naast het klassiek ballet is dit het enige uitgewerkte systeem voor beroepsdansers. In deze dans is het middenrif het startpunt voor iedere beweging: spanning en ontspanning door in- en uitademen. Andere kenmerken zijn het vallen, de spiraal (het na elkaar ronddraaien van bekken, middel, schouders en hoofd) kruipen, vallen, rollen en zwiepende bewegingen.

Martha Graham, Lamantation, 1930. De manier van dansen die Graham ontwikkelde, staat bekend als Grahamdans. Naast het klassiek ballet is dit het enige uitgewerkte systeem voor beroepsdansers. In deze dans is het middenrif het startpunt voor iedere beweging: spanning en ontspanning door in- en uitademen. Andere kenmerken zijn het vallen, de spiraal (het na elkaar ronddraaien van bekken, middel, schouders en hoofd) kruipen, vallen, rollen en zwiepende bewegingen.

Martha Graham - Lamentation - YouTube

Martha Graham - Lamentation - YouTube

dance created by Martha Graham - photographer Barbara Morgan - from the book "Sixteen Dances in Photographic Sequence" 1941

dance created by Martha Graham - photographer Barbara Morgan - from the book "Sixteen Dances in Photographic Sequence" 1941

Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

Photographs of Graham and her works as the Martha Graham Dance Company celebrates its 90th-anniversary season.

Photographs of Graham and her works as the Martha Graham Dance Company celebrates its 90th-anniversary season.

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