Martha Graham Contribution To Dance

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Martha Graham is recognised as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Using the expressive capacity of the body Martha Graham created a new movement language. Her new style grew for her experimentation with contraction and release. With the sharp, angular, and direct movements were in a direct comparison the classical ballet technique. Martha Graham danced and choreographed for over 70 years, and was the first dancer to dance at the White House. During her long career she produced 181 dance compositions, which still to this day continue to inspirer dancers. In 1986, she was given the Local One Centennial Award for dance by her theater colleagues, and during the Bicentennial she was granted the United States’ highest civilian honor,…show more content…
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