Martha Graham

Martha Graham (1894 - 1991)

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Martha Graham
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
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Died in New York City, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Feb 2015
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Martha was a famous American modern dancer and choreographer.

Her father George Graham practiced as what in the Victorian era was known as an "alienist", a practitioner of an early form of psychiatry. The Grahams were strict Presbyterians. Dr. Graham was a third-generation American of Irish descent. Her mother Jane Beers was a second-generation American of Irish and Scots-Irish descent and was also a sixth-generation descendant of Puritan Miles Standish.

In 1936, Graham made her defining work, "Chronicle", which signaled the beginning of a new era in modern dance. On April 1, 1958, The Martha Graham Company premiered the ballet Clytemnestra, and it became a huge success and great accomplishment for Graham.


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On 28 Dec 2017 at 14:03 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord Kemp-St. Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:

Martha and I are eighth cousins three times removed. She was a trailblazer and an inspiration to so many, just by being true to her own vision.

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