Dance: Martha's Phantasmagoria

At 68, Martha Graham still has a horror of an indifferent crowd. "I'd rather," she says, "have them against me." Last week her modern dance troupe opened on Broadway for their annual two-week season. After the curtain rose on Phaedra, the first of two new works, there was not an indifferent eye in the house.

Phaedra is, says Graham candidly, "a phantasmagoria of desire." The dance tells the story of Phaedra (danced by Graham herself), who is cursed by Aphrodite with an unnatural lust for her stepson Hippolytus. The spectator is left...

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