Individual

Martha Graham




Photographer: Carl Van Vechten
BAM Affiliation Martha Graham first danced on BAM's stage in 1933, and returned regularly for the next four decades, when she retired from dance and focused strictly on choreography. The first performances of the Martha Graham Dance Company without Graham occurred at BAM in October of 1970. Just before the curtain opened prior to the first performance, Graham suddenly appeared onstage and then walked behind the curtain, through the stage door, and into the auditorium. Harvey Lichtenstein, who was watching from the audience, recalls that “the minute the audience saw her, everyone was on their feet, absolutely jumping up and down and applauding and cheering. And she took a slow walk to her seat, a performer always, on stage or off. And the program began and she was fine, but she never danced on stage again after that.” In 1994, three years after Graham's death, BAM presented Radical Graham, a tribute to the legacy and lasting influence of modern dance's greatest single presence.




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