Music: The Priestess Speaks

Loyal Martha Graham cultists usually blame themselves if they fail to understand their high priestess. Less devoted followers of the No. 1 woman of modern dance are only apt to be confused as they wander desperately through her cryptic program notes to see what she is trying to tell them. Last week, to packed houses in Manhattan, Dance-Dramatist Graham unleashed two new messages for the cultists, the confused and the curious.

In Cave of the Heart, done to music by Samuel Barber, Choreographer Graham stalked deep into dark Freudian corridors. Using the Medea legend as a starting "state of mind," she did...

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