Martha Graham and Dance Company

February 6, 1945

Alternate Title Martha Graham and Ensemble
Country of Origin United States
Description The Martha Graham Dance Company appeared at the Academy in 1945 as part of its Major Concert Series. This series of 10 one-off concerts included performances by Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. At this time, arts programming at the Academy was select, sandwiched into a much more crowded schedule of lectures clustered around various educational themes (Post-war Horizons, Democracy in America, Travel and Adventure). In the immediate post-war year of 1945, audience members had their pick of near-daily lectures with titles such as “When the Boys Come Home” and “Britain Faces Reconstruction," as well as the occasional arts gem. The Academy had begun to distinguish its role in the arts by presenting modern dance, a vibrant new form, since there were already numerous other venues in the city presenting music and theater. This was the third appearance by MGDC on the Academy stage; the previous were in 1933 and 1935.  At this concert, MGDC presented three pieces: Salem Shore, Deaths and Entrances, and Every Soul is a Circus.  The ensemble of dancers included notable Graham disciples Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Pearl Lang, May O’Donnell, and Yuriko.
Identifier 1945s.00005