30 minutes • Black & White
In this classic film, Martha Graham speaks with the articulate authority achieved by all great artists who have mastered their craft. As the members of her company perform in the studio, she describes the dancer's world, a world where the dancer's material is his body and the competition is with himself to develop his talent to the utmost. Leading to the moment when the dancer steps on stage are years and years of work and training. The heart of Miss Graham's message is that freedom is achieved through discipline, and the controlled rhythms of her dancers' bodies prove the point. Choreography by Martha Graham. Directed and Photographed by Peter Glushanok. Produced by Nathan Kroll. Music by Cameron McCosh.
Release Year: 1973
Venice Film Award; First Prize: American Film Festival
Grade Levels: 9 to Adult