May 19, 2015 AT 1:00 am

Martha Graham’s “Night Journey” #ArtTuesday

Beautiful performance of Oedipus Rex from choreographer Martha Graham. Found via Art F City.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania – April 1, 1991, New York) was a dancer and choreographer who revolutionized the American history of Modern Dance.

The impact that dance of Martha Graham caused the stage is often compared to the influence that Picasso was to painting in his time, or Stravinsky in music, or Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Their contributions have transformed this art form, revitalizing and spreading dance around the world.

In its search for a way to express themselves more freely and honestly, she founded the Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the most prestigious and oldest dance companies in the United States.

As a teacher, Graham trained and inspired generations of great dancers and choreographers. Among his disciples are Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham and countless other actors and dancers.

She collaborated with some of the most respected artists of his time, as the composer Aaron Copland and sculptor Isamu Noguchi. She invented a new language of movement, used to reveal the passion, anger and ecstasy common to human experience. She danced and choreographed for more than 70 years, and during that time was the first dancer to perform at the White House travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest US civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In her life, she received honors ranging from the Key of the City of Paris to the Order of the Crown of Precious Japanese Empire. She said: “I spent my whole life with dancing and being a dancer’s life that lets you use it in a very intense way Sometimes it’s not pleasant Sometimes it’s terrible but nevertheless it is inevitable….. “

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