Martha Graham Dance Company Is As Relevant as Ever in Its Joyce Season | Alexandra Villarreal

February 16, 2015 2:20 PM

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Martha Graham Dance Company Is As Relevant as Ever in Its Joyce Season | Alexandra Villarreal

In 1960, dance critic Jill Johnston reviewed Martha Graham's season at the 5th Street Theatre. She likened the choreographer to "a kind of high priestess of the arts," her folkloric, fairytale description matching Graham's tireless effervescence and near surrealism. "She lived in a tower on top of the mountain where she practiced her art in solemn seclusion," Johnston fabled, and Graham was suddenly shrouded in mysticism and mystery.

Almost two decades earlier, when Graham was an already established artist but not yet an icon, ballet connoisseur Edwin Denby wrote less colorfully--but perhaps with even more vigor and immediacy--of her then-reputation: "Some of my friends are shocked by this genius of hers and they tell me she has...

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