"Cave of the Heart" tag
Anne Souder and Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Hérodiade.© Melissa Sherwood. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Graham Deconstructed: El Penitente, Hérodiade – New York

★★★✰✰   Both El Penitente and Hérodiade are from the 40’s, a period when Graham was transitioning from exploration of American and Native-American themes to a more mythical mode.

Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Chronicle.© Brigid Pierce. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Gala + Cave of the Heart, Inner Resources, Rust and Chronicle bills – New York

★★★✰✰   The gala was a well-put-together, briskly-paced affair, a sampler of Graham excerpts dating back to her very first recital, in 1926.

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham's Imperial Gesture.© Charles Eilber. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – “Fall and Recovery” Gala – New York

Even more than with other choreographers, the costumes and sets are essential elements of Graham’s dance imagination. Think of Martha’s stretchy sack-dress in Lamentation, or the prickly metal tree-dress by Noguchi in Cave of the Heart. They are extensions of the dancers’ bodies, and of Graham’s Jungian world-view.

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