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Martha Graham

Biography

Dancer and choreographer who all transformed contemporary dance with functions such as for example Chronicle (1936) and Clytemnestra (1958). She founded the famed Martha Graham Dance Firm and acquired an acclaimed seven-decade-long profession. She was raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. In the initial decade from the twentieth hundred years, she began schooling on the Denishawn College of Dance and Related Arts. Her many awards are the 1979 Kennedy Middle Honor, the 1976 Presidential Medal of Independence, as well as the 1985 Country wide Medal of Arts. She was created right into a Presbyterian category of Irish descent. Her relationship to fellow dancer Erick Hawkins lasted from 1948 until 1954. Being a choreographer of contemporary dance, she was likened to modernist musician Pablo Picasso with regards to her tremendous impact upon the introduction of her talent.

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Full Name Martha Graham
Date Of Birth May 11, 1894
Died April 1, 1991, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Pittsburgh, PA
Profession Choreographer
Education Denishawn school, Santa Barbara High School
Nationality American
Spouse Erick Hawkins
Parents Jane Beers, George Graham
Siblings Georgia Graham Sargeant
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honors, List of recipients of the National Medal of Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Program - Performing Arts
Movies Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance, A Dancer’s World, Appalachian Spring
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Is portrayed by Richard Move in Ghostlight (2003)
2She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1985 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
3Was brought to the Eastman School of Music in 1926 by Rouben Mamoulian, who was then the 28-year-old director of the Eastman School of Drama.
4Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.
5Her experimental work on what the body could do based on its own structure developed into what was known as "percussive movements."


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Early Color Films2004Video documentary short choreographer
Three Dances by Martha Graham1992TV Movie choreographer
Errand in the Maze1984TV Movie documentary choreographer
Errand in the Maze1975Short choreographer
Night Journey1960Documentary short conceived and choreographed by
Appalachian Spring1958TV Movie choreographer
Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance1957Documentary choreographer
The Flute of Krishna1926Short choreographer - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance Rebels: A Story of Modern Dance2015TV Movie
Appalachian Spring1958TV MovieThe Wife
Appalachian Spring1944Short
Lamentation1943Short
Frontier1936Short
Heretic1931ShortDancer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Early Color Films2004Video documentary short segment "The Flute of Krishna"
Appalachian Spring1958TV Movie scenario
A Dancer's World1957TV Movie documentary
The Flute of Krishna1926Short idea and scenario - uncredited

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Errand in the Maze1984TV Movie documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Christmas1954performer: "Choreography" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters1994TV Series documentaryHerself
Errand in the Maze1984TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Today1980TV SeriesHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1979TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Great Performances: Dance in America1976TV SeriesHerself
Anais Nin Observed1974DocumentaryHerself
Night Journey1960Documentary shortQueen Jocasta
Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance1957DocumentaryHerself
A Dancer's World1957TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A History of Dance on Screen2014Video documentaryThe Wife
Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman2007DocumentaryHerself
Dancing1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (segment "The Individual and Tradition")
2nd House1974TV SeriesHerself - Dancer
The Twentieth Century1962TV Series documentaryHerself
The Unconquered1954DocumentaryHerself (at her dance studio) (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyGreat Performances: Dance in America (1976)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Classical Program in the Performing ArtsGreat Performances: Dance in America (1976)· Jac Venza (executive producer)
· Emile Ardolino (series coordinating producer)
· Merrill Brockway (series producer)


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#Quote
1No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that others are behind him.
2You are unique and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
3The body says what words cannot.
4Age is the acceptance of the term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.


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