Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MARTHA GRAHAM's 117TH BIRTHDAY

Whether or not you like modern dance, there is no question that Martha Graham changed the landscape of dance.  Her choreography is so powerful and her choice of minimal stage and costume design is what we now associate with that genre.

Today, she would have been 117 years old.  I am a classically trained ballet dancer - not schooled in Graham technique - but here is my tribute to her.

Me trying to be Martha Graham-ish



More of me being Martha Graham-ish



More of me emulating Martha Graham, ballerina-style!




Another tribute from Google Doodle with animation by Ryan Woodward:







And here is the Lady herself, in all her pain and angst:

Martha Graham
web photo from archives

I am playing all the Aaron Copland music he made for her ballets all day!




18 comments:

  1. amazing!!i cannot do ballet nor do i know much about it but i love the beautiful contortions the human body can do.and dancing is such a cathartic form of physical expressions!

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  2. Thank you, both.

    To Hivenn, I couldn't find a "comment" button on your blog. But I'm so sorry to hear about your friend with ME. I signed the petition for the hospital.

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  3. thankyou for telling about this post! Me being a LONG TIME dancer can really appreciate it! OH MY GOD her feet are gorgeous. who is the girl in the pics.
    thankyou for making such a wonderful post for Martha! <3 <3

    love Sigrid
    from
    http://dancingsinginganddreaming.blogspot.com

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  4. haha I realized it was you after I commented! <3 You are amazing! I dont know any other blogger ballarinas! <3 I am following you now.

    your feet are amazing. and I love the lighting.
    <3 <3

    i posted a link to this post on my ballet wednesday post.

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  5. haha i am dumb. cuz i totally looked for subtitles under the pics and didnt see them. but now i do =) haha

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  6. Really beautiful tribute. Your shots are wonderful. Xxxx

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  7. You lok beautiful in your photos. I honor everyone who has dedicated their lives to dance, it must feel wonderful to be able to move your body like that.

    Take Care,
    Claire

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  8. I put the subtitles in the pics after your question, Sigrid - so you weren't "dumb"! :-) And thank you for the comment on the feet. We dancers are so obsessed with line and feet so I am so pleased with your comment.

    Thank you, Fashionistable and Claire. As for movement, it is wonderful and also painful. I guess we all love to suffer for art.

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  9. oh my my my. does she have any bones in her body?

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  10. Oh, wow, these are gorgeous shots. Isn't it a funny old world: I happened to be not just online, but thru sitemeter happened to see someone click thru to my blog from the wonderful Photodiarist (which is where I just left the HB comment a few minutes ago). Who took the shots of you? Did you do it with a timer?

    While I can still do splits in the air, there's not like they used to be. But somewhere on my blog I've got some old shots that I took in NYC, on the roof of my apt building, in film (colour slides), with my dad's Pentax and a tripod and the timer. I'm actually going to try to find it..
    AH! found it. Still not as good as yours ; )

    http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2010/06/take-bow.html

    following you now.. I'll be back. Lucky you, living in California!

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  11. I'm dancing modern dance a little bit, I'm not that good, but I'm trying. You did a good job. I haven't herd about her before I saw the thingy on google. Thanks for your comment ;)

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  12. Thanks, JC and Alex York! So glad to find other dancers out there.

    JC - yes, self-shot with tripod and timer. So one hopes for the best! That's why I am partly out of frame in the middle photo :-) I couldn't control the lighting either with the sun going in and out of the clouds. Agree, love the Photodiarist!

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  13. Re-posting some missing comments from yesterday:

    JC has left a new comment on your post "MARTHA GRAHAM's 117TH BIRTHDAY":

    Oh, wow, these are gorgeous shots. Isn't it a funny old world: I happened to be not just online, but thru sitemeter happened to see someone click thru to my blog from the wonderful Photodiarist (which is where I just left the HB comment a few minutes ago). Who took the shots of you? Did you do it with a timer?

    While I can still do splits in the air, there's not like they used to be. But somewhere on my blog I've got some old shots that I took in NYC, on the roof of my apt building, in film (colour slides), with my dad's Pentax and a tripod and the timer. I'm actually going to try to find it..
    AH! found it. Still not as good as yours ; )

    http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2010/06/take-bow.html

    following you now.. I'll be back. Lucky you, living in California!

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  14. Another comment Blogger dropped:

    Alex York has left a new comment on your post "MARTHA GRAHAM's 117TH BIRTHDAY":

    I'm dancing modern dance a little bit, I'm not that good, but I'm trying. You did a good job. I haven't herd about her before I saw the thingy on google. Thanks for your comment ;)

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  15. Really incredible photos! I danced when I was younger. I was never competitive or professional, but I do remember how much I enjoyed it.

    http://www.chicagostreetstyle.com/

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  16. Just found this site. I'm a great fan of Martha's style and I think your expressions and poses capture her perfectly! Love the contrasting dress and ballet slippers too!

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