Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Posted in 80 Faces, 2013.

Martha Graham is synonymous with modern dance. Her work as a choreographer, dancer, and company director throughout the twentieth century made a lasting impact on what is considered one of America’s indigenous art forms. Indeed, she is commonly referred to as the “mother of modern dance,” and her artistic collaborations and technical style have influenced generations of dancers.

 In 1934, she–along with Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm–arrived at the Bennington School of Dance in Vermont to teach 103 students over a period of six weeks. This was the first year of what would later become known as the American Dance Festival, and Ms. Graham’s legacy continues at ADF today.

 This summer, her piece Ritual to the Sun from her seminal work Acts of Light (1981) will be reconstructed on ADF students as part of the Forces of Dance program at the Durham Performing Arts Center on July 26 & 27. For more information and to purchase tickets to this exciting performance, please visit the ADF website