Music: Athleta Dei

"I wish," Martha Graham once told an intense admirer, "that instead of trying to read meaning into every kick of my foot, you'd judge me the way a Seattle sportswriter did. He compared me with the high hurdlers and said I had them all licked." Year after year, as both choreographer and dancer, Martha Graham has continued to jump higher and more daringly than anybody else in the dance world. Last week she was back in Manhattan, moving audiences with her typical mixture of exuberant wit and vibrant theatrical presence.

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