Martha Graham and Dance Group

December 11, 1935

Country of Origin United States
Description By 1935, Martha Graham and her dance company had a busy performance season.  The month before they appeared at the Academy, the company had already performed to packed audiences and critical acclaim at the Guild Theatre in New York. A few days after their Brooklyn concert, they performed at Carnegie Hall in a program sponsored by the legal defense arm of the Workers Party of the United States. Though we do not know exactly what dances were on the bill in Brooklyn, that year, Graham had had at least six premieres: Course, Praeludium, Perspectives: Frontier and Marching Song, Panorama, Formal Dance, and Imperial Gesture. The set for Frontier was designed by Isamu Noguchi, a collaboration that continued for 32 years.

Prior to the Brooklyn Academy performance, The Bulletin of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Letters advertised the upcoming concert and Martha Graham’s innovative style with this copy: “The modern dance…is an expression of revolt against the ballet technique of Diaghileff (sic) and the romantic school of Isadora Duncan.  In the complete rejection of former standards and in the tendency toward expression of abstractions, these dancers…are gradually developing a new form of terpsichorean art, a form more in keeping with the twentieth century than the aristocratic and artificial ballet or the softly flowing movements of Ruth St. Denis.”
Identifier 1935f.00005