What do you feel is the lasting value of Martha Graham?
Besides, of course, the technique, which is the basis for all modern and contemporary dance, her commissions are the great masterpieces of modern music — Copland’s Appalachian Spring, et cetera. When Noguchi started making sets, it was a completely different way of looking at the dance and its relation to scenery. She paved the way for how we perceive choreography in relation to music, costume, setting. She was the first to use stretch fabrics — all these things that we take as givens, she totally paved the way for.
Every choreographer in the modern contemporary realm is really indebted to her, whether they care to admit it or not. On all counts, she really was the first.
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