Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life Topics for Discussion

Russell Freedman
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1. How did Martha Graham's ideas of dance differ from the traditions of classical ballet?

2. Part of Graham's success came from surrounding herself with supportive associates. What did Louis Horst, Erick Hawkins, Isamu Noguchi, and Ron Protas contribute to her development as a dancer/creator?

3. Genius is said to be one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Give examples of Graham's sacrifices in building her dance company.

4. What aspects of her personality as a child and young girl marked the certainty that she was destined to pioneer a new way of dancing?

5. Discuss how the themes in Graham's dances shifted focus over her long career. Cite examples.

6. Women had just earned the right to vote as Graham began her critical success as a dancer. In what ways would she be considered a feminist in today's society?

7. What things did Martha Graham give up that you...

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