Happy 117 birthday to Martha Graham– the modern dance innovator of innovators, the brain behind the contraction, the spiral, and the idea that dance should be about truth not simply beauty. Also a big- what’s the opposite of womanizer? menanizer? She either married or hooked up with most of the men in her company, particuarly another famous dancer, Ted Shawn. She did manage however, to open a lot of eyes about the range of emotion that dance can express and developed a new dance vocabulary to carry out her vision.
“All that is important is this one moment in movement. make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused“- M. Graham
If it all comes down to one movement on your birthday, I’m guessing it’s the moment of making a wish over a flaming cake. Wish for lung power Martha, 117 candles is a lot to blow out.
(Go to the google homepage today (May 11) to check out a little animated version of Martha Graham dancing. )