Today I’d like to share with you this insightful dance quote by Martha Graham in hopes that it inspires you to look at dancing, be it ballet or any form of dance, differently… with new eyes. She was not a classical ballet dancer, but she was an innovator and revolutionized the world of dance. I hope you enjoy!
Dance Quote by Martha Graham
We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety and the wonder of life.
Who was Martha Graham?
Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.
She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.
If you’re curious about the life of Martha Graham please follow this link to wikipedia.org to learn more.
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