Martha Graham: Live in Your Time….Interview with James Grissom By Telephone, 1990….

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Martha Graham in Letter to the World, 1940. Photo: Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) Martha Graham in Letter to the World, 1940. Photo: Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)

It is perfectly acceptable to be imitative, particularly when you are young, when you are trying to understand the shape of a stage and how your body works on it. You use your history, whatever it is, and mine included so many people with whom I had studied or who had lived in my mind and heart for so long. People were correct to see traces of these people in my movements and in my choreography.

Art is memory. It is the excavation of so many memories we have had–of our mothers, our best and worst moments, of glorious experiences we have had with friends or films or music or dance or a lovely afternoon on a sloping, green hill. All of this enters us and, if we are artists, must be shared, handed over to others. This…

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