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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.

Quick Facts


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
1 Is portrayed by Richard Move in Ghostlight (2003)
2 She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1985 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
3 Was 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.
4 Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.
5 Her 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 Films 2004 Video documentary short choreographer
Three Dances by Martha Graham 1992 TV Movie choreographer
Errand in the Maze 1984 TV Movie documentary choreographer
Errand in the Maze 1975 Short choreographer
Night Journey 1960 Documentary short conceived and choreographed by
Appalachian Spring 1958 TV Movie choreographer
Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance 1957 Documentary choreographer
The Flute of Krishna 1926 Short choreographer - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance Rebels: A Story of Modern Dance 2015 TV Movie
Appalachian Spring 1958 TV Movie The Wife
Appalachian Spring 1944 Short
Lamentation 1943 Short
Frontier 1936 Short
Heretic 1931 Short Dancer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Early Color Films 2004 Video documentary short segment "The Flute of Krishna"
Appalachian Spring 1958 TV Movie scenario
A Dancer's World 1957 TV Movie documentary
The Flute of Krishna 1926 Short idea and scenario - uncredited

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Errand in the Maze 1984 TV Movie documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Christmas 1954 performer: "Choreography" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
Errand in the Maze 1984 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
Today 1980 TV Series Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1979 TV Special Herself - Honoree
Great Performances: Dance in America 1976 TV Series Herself
Anais Nin Observed 1974 Documentary Herself
Night Journey 1960 Documentary short Queen Jocasta
Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance 1957 Documentary Herself
A Dancer's World 1957 TV Movie documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A History of Dance on Screen 2014 Video documentary The Wife
Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman 2007 Documentary Herself
Dancing 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself (segment "The Individual and Tradition")
2nd House 1974 TV Series Herself - Dancer
The Twentieth Century 1962 TV Series documentary Herself
The Unconquered 1954 Documentary Herself (at her dance studio) (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Great Performances: Dance in America (1976)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) · Jac Venza (executive producer)
· Emile Ardolino (series coordinating producer)
· Merrill Brockway (series producer)


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


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