Dance: Lonely Voyager

When Martha Graham took her modern dance troupe on tour in the 1930s and 1940s, her sensuous portrayals of tortured demons and demigods so outraged some audiences that one man in a Southern city took a potshot at her with a BB gun. Now, for the first time in 16 years, Martha Graham, a wispy 71, is touring the U.S. again, thanks to a $142,500 grant from the National Council on the Arts. This time she is drawing bravas instead of BBs.

Magic Phrase. In Philadelphia last week, an overflow crowd jammed Irvine Auditorium to see Graham and her company....

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