Martha GrahamMartha Graham,A Dancer’s LifePresentation made by: Hannah Rieders
Courage Timeline Martha didn’t make that much money from teaching, but she still bought materials to make costumes from the little money that she had. Martha started dance when she was 22 and most people start when they are 9 or 10. She auditioned to dance for Ruth St. Denis which was a very good dance school when she had just started to dance. Martha Graham wanted to become a dancer even though the people of that time thought that you shouldn’t dance for a career. Graham rebelled against the traditional ballet and started her own kind of dance called modern. Other dances that also rebelled were, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman and also others. Martha dancing at Ruth St. Denis’s school.
Courage Timeline continued Martha decided to have men in her company. A lot of people didn’t agree with having men in the company and left. Martha got invited to dance in Nazi, Germany but she knew that the Jews weren’t being treated equally there, so Graham refused because some dancers in her group were Jewish. No other American Dance Company danced there that year. In the show Cave of the Heart, one of theactors was a Japanese American girl. Martha’s group was the first to have Asians and African Americans in her group before the civil rights movement. Martha started to get arthritis in her knees and hands but still danced. By the end of the show, Every Soul Is a Circus, Graham’s knee was the size of a grapefruit. Martha dancing in the Cave of the Heart.
Color Collage: Determined-red Throughout Martha’s life she was very determined. One specific example was after Martha saw one of Ruth St. Denis’s shows, Graham really wanted to become a dancer. At 22 years old she started dance and auditioned for Ruth St. Denis’s dance studio. Ruth St. Denis dancing.
Color Collage: Imaginative-purple Martha once saw a modern painting with a line across the whole page. After Graham saw that, she wanted to dance like that painting. Martha Graham dancing.
Color Collage: Generous-orange Martha got invited to dance in Nazi, Germany. She knew that the Jews weren’t being treated equally. In Graham’s dance group, there was some members that were Jewish, so Martha refused to go to Germany. Martha Graham’s dance group.
Color Collage: Serious-blue When Martha was trying to think of an idea for a show, she would stay up all night writing ideas down for what the show would be about. Martha Graham dancing in a show that she choreographed.
Room Design for Martha Graham I chose this indoor room for Martha because it has a studio and a office to work. Martha Graham loved to dance, so she would need a studio to dance. Graham would also need a office to work on show ideas.
Medal For Martha Graham I chose to do this medal because Martha traveled all over the world dancing for the people there. The globe represents that. She was very creative because she was a pioneer in modern dance. She was also creative during her dances and for her costumes. The rainbow flowers represent creativity because it shows all the creative moods that Graham had in her dances. Global Creativity
Martha’s Modern Theater Cafe Appetizers Dessert Main Meal Every Soul Is a Circus Grilled Cheese Lamentation Chicken Noodle Soup Maple Leaf Rag Cookies Frontier Pizza Toppings: pepperoni or vegetables Cave of the Heart Tomato Soup Heretic Pasta with a choice of butter or tomato sauce Primitive Mysteries Apple Pie Drinks Appalachian Spring Water Orange Juice Cranberry Juice
Musical Introduction I chose this song because it is one of the songs that Martha danced to. The dance is called Lamentation and it is a very famous dance. This song and dance is the mood that most of Graham’s dances are. Martha danced it as a solo and her costume was atube of fabric.