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Martha Graham

Data de nascimento: 11. Maio 1894
Data de falecimento: 1. Abril 1991
Outros nomes:Marta Graham

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Martha Graham foi uma dançarina e coreógrafa estadunidense que revolucionou a história da Dança Moderna.

O impacto que a dança de Martha Graham causou nos palcos é frequentemente comparado à influência que Picasso teve para a pintura em seu tempo, ou Stravinsky na música, ou Frank Lloyd Wright na arquitetura. As suas contribuições transformaram essa forma de arte, revitalizando e difundindo a dança ao redor do mundo.

Na sua busca por uma forma de expressar-se mais honesta e livremente, ela fundou a Martha Graham Dance Company, uma das mais conceituadas e antigas companhias de dança nos Estados Unidos.

Como professora, Graham treinou e inspirou gerações de grandes bailarinos e coreógrafos. Entre seus discípulos estão Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham e incontáveis outros atores e dançarinos.

Ela colaborou com alguns dos mais conceituados artistas de seu tempo, como o compositor Aaron Copland e o escultor Isamu Noguchi. Ela inventou uma nova linguagem de movimento, usada para revelar a paixão, a raiva e o êxtase comuns à experiência humana. Ela dançou e coreografou por mais de 70 anos, e durante esse tempo foi a primeira dançarina a se apresentar na Casa Branca, viajar para o estrangeiro como embaixadora cultural, e receber o maior prêmio civil do EUA: a Medalha Presidencial da Liberdade.

Em sua vida, ela recebeu homenagens que vão desde a Chave da Cidade de Paris até a Ordem da Coroa Preciosa do Império Japonês. Ela disse: "Passei toda a minha vida com a dança e sendo uma bailarina. É a vida que permite usá-lo de uma forma muito intensa. Às vezes não é agradável. Às vezes é terrível. Mas, apesar disso, é inevitável."

Citações Martha Graham

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„I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it.“

— Martha Graham
Context: I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it. I can correct it and tell them what they have done after they have done it, and what it means to me. But I don't say, "Be fearful here," "Be angry here," because I think that is intrusion.

„Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body.“

— Martha Graham
Context: To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art. A philosopher has said that dance and architecture were the first arts. I believe that dance was first because it's gesture, it's communication. That doesn't mean it's telling a story, but it means it's communicating a feeling, a sensation to people. Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body. And it's partly the language that we don't want to show.

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„To me, the body says what words cannot.“

— Martha Graham
Context: To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art. A philosopher has said that dance and architecture were the first arts. I believe that dance was first because it's gesture, it's communication. That doesn't mean it's telling a story, but it means it's communicating a feeling, a sensation to people. Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body. And it's partly the language that we don't want to show.

„I believe that we learn by practice.“

— Martha Graham
Context: I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. in each it is the performance of a dedicated set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes the shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some areas an athlete of God.

„I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do.“

— Martha Graham
Context: I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do. One can always lament, you know — but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian.

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„We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life.“

— Martha Graham
Context: We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance. "The American Dance", in Modern Dance, ed. Virginia Stewart (1945).

„Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other.“

— Martha Graham
Context: Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths. Then I need all the comfort that practice has stored in my memory, a tenacity of faith.

„Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.“

— Martha Graham
As quoted in The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration : A Year of Motivation, Revelation, and Instruction (1999) by Kevin Nelson, p. 11.

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