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Martha Graham

             Graham's characteristic experimentation can be seen in the physicality of the dancers, and in the way her trainees develop both her technique and their own style. Martha always had in her company a wide range of styles. She could work [with] a wide range of styles, techniques, and abilities, and she liked to see her work on different bodies. Unlike other companies where there's an ideal look and everybody looks that way, Martha always had a huge range of people. That's a heritage, but then you have to recreate it, bring it back to life in a different way.
             2. Graham's dancing and choreography exposed the depths of human emotion through movements that were sharp angular, jagged, and direct. Graham also she a performance of Ruth Saint-Denis that inspired her so much she decided to become a dancer.
             3. Martha Graham treated male and female dancers very differently to traditional ballet, where the male dancers often did not perform in a masculine way. Whereas Graham knew how women could dance, she did not know how it felt to be a male. Graham wrote, ""I have done those things only that I could feel and understand, not in a verbal sense, perhaps, but in my medium, my instrument, my body." That is, she could not choreograph the male movements because she could not feel them. Therefore, Graham asked her male dancers to create their own moves.
             4. Martha Graham collaborated with various artists, musicians and dancers who became her companions and inspirations. Martha Graham ballets were inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern painting, the American frontier, religious ceremonies of Native Americans, and Greek mythology. Many of her most important roles portray great women of history and mythology: Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Phaedra, Joan of Arc, and Emily Dickinson.
             5. A Self-made person is most of the time when someone is admired in America, it's because the person has gone "from rags to riches" or has become an "overnight sensation.

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