Martha to Anna – Varieties and Anxieties of Influence

Martha to Anna – Varieties and Anxieties of Influence

Our one-hour webinar on Thursday evening, January 19, 2023, exploring the complex affinities and inevitable divergences of Martha Graham and Anna Sokolow, was well-attended, lively and provocative. And it took a village of dance people. Gratitude and kudos to Samantha...

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Martha, nestled next to Cary Grant…

Martha, nestled next to Cary Grant…

...discovered by Fran Kirmser, Director of Strategic Marketing and Special Events, Martha Graham Dance Company, at her favorite independent bookshop, Books on the Common, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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A thrilling night at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

A thrilling night at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

On the evening of December 1, 2022, NB read from Martha Graham - When Dance Became Modern, focusing upon the Graham technique, beautifully demonstrated by dance students from Point Park University, led by Graham dancer/alum Prof. Jesse Factor. A revelatory danceaturgy...

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Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

I was at work on my biography of Man Ray in the fall of 1984, chatting with Virgil Thomson at his rooms in the Chelsea Hotel, and he urged me to call upon the composer Ned Rorem -- "Man knew him in Paris in the '50's," Thomson told me. I was warmly welcomed by Rorem...

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Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Anne Souder (Soloist) and Xin Ying (Principal) of the Martha Graham Dance Company brought NB's new MG biography to life with their vivid performances of Ekstasis and Medea -- and MGDC Artistic Director Janet Eilber's astute questions -- before an attentive and...

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