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Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Available for 7-day loan in the DVD Collection on the Third Floor of the Main Library.  Call number DVD 1939.

One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer’s World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body. (Criterion)

Special Edition Double-Disc Set includes:

  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentary produced for PBS’s American Masters series
  • A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
  • A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
  • New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
  • Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham’s company, narrated by Graham
  • Footage of Graham’s company from a 1954 European tour

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