Dance: Rebirth of an Artist

"Martha, what you must realize is that you are not a goddess," a teacher once told Martha Graham. "You must admit mortality." That was well over half a century ago, and Graham still gives no hint of admitting that she is mortal. "I've just entered a new cycle of energy," explains America's most inventive modern dancer. "I'm going through a rebirth—with anything artistic one must die to be reborn."

Her rebirth after nearly three years of introspective moodiness and illness came spectacularly last week in New York with the opening of her company's 35th season. For the two-week engagement, she staged...

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