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Martha Graham

Martha Graham (dancer, choreographer; born May 11, 1894, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died April 1, 1991) In her lifetime, Martha Graham freed the art of dance by providing a new dance language and new concepts. She revolutionized dance, lighting, stage designing, costuming, and music with her creative perfectionism. Graham was born on May 11, 1894, in Pittsburgh, where she lived until she was 14. At this time, her family moved to Santa Barbara, California. Two years later, she visited the Mason Opera House, for a Ruth Saint-Denis performance.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Known as "one of the great companies of the world" (The New York Times), Martha Graham Dance Company is the oldest contemporary dance company in America and one of its most celebrated. As part of the Kennedy Center–wide festival* A New America: The 1940s.

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