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Martha Graham “Mother of Modern Dance” Early Years 1894: Born in Pittsburgh PA May 11 1911: Saw Ruth St. Denis perform and decided to become a dancer 1916: Joined Denishawn School Danced Shawn’s “Xochtil” in 1920 Met composer Louis Horst 1923: Left Denishawn with Horst

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martha graham

Martha Graham

“Mother of Modern Dance”

early years
Early Years
  • 1894: Born in Pittsburgh PA May 11
  • 1911: Saw Ruth St. Denis perform and decided to become a dancer
  • 1916: Joined Denishawn School
    • Danced Shawn’s “Xochtil” in 1920
    • Met composer Louis Horst
  • 1923: Left Denishawn with Horst
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1926: Taught at Eastman School of Rochester
  • 1926: First Recital in NY at 48th Street Theatre which included 18 short pieces with other dancers
  • 1927: Opening of Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with Louis Horst
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1929: First ballet titled “Heretic”
  • 1936: Refused to choreograph or attend the Olympics in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938: Invited by Mrs. Roosevelt to White House
    • She choreographed “American Document”
  • 1939: Merce Cunningham and Erick Hawkins joined her company
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During the 1930’s she didn’t use sets and built her costumes
  • During 1940’s she toured the US and Cuba showing her new works that dealt with mythology
  • 1948: She married Erick Hawkins
  • 1954: First tour to Paris where she was booed by audience
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1955: Paul Taylor joined her company
  • 1959: Collaboration with Balachine for “Episodes”
  • Hiatus of dance and choreographing and suffered illnesses
  • 1973: “Lucife” for “Scarlet Letter”
  • 1991: Died while making “The Eye of the Goddess” for Olympics in Barcelona