Martha Graham

March 1, 2018

Considering I am trying to learn how to move and further understand my body, it feels relevant to look to the work of dancers. I came across choreographer Martha Graham's work when reading an essay by Mike Kelley, in which he explains what influenced his piece 'Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known To Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory Responses' (1999). He describes her work as having an emphasis on the dances physicality and primitive aesthetic, saying that the dancers gestures are simple and direct like a child or animal's. Further stating "the movements are in the lower areas and oriented to the floor. They can be clumsy and animistic ...but always they are simple and meagerly articulated; lean and taut" I want these qualities in my own work, not just mimicking an animals movements but also a further understanding of the way in which my body moves. Of course I relate to elements of the work but in my actual movements I wouldn't look quite so theatrical. 

 

 

 

 

 

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