Article A Study in Lacquer (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham)

A Study in Lacquer. Photograph by Richard Burke
Martha Graham in A Study in Lacquer. Photograph by Richard Burke.

Performed to music by Marcel Bernheim, A Study in Lacquer premiered on April 18, 1926, at New York's 48th Street Theater. The solo work was performed by Martha Graham and was part of her first independent concert. In discussing Oriental-inspired dances for an article by Frances McClernan Kemp in Dance Magazine (May 1927), Graham noted, "We cannot…duplicate the oriental dance. We can only duplicate--in our way--the feeling of that dance--its spirit, its shadow. The oriental dance is a ritual; it is the religious expression of a race flowing through the soul of the dancer. She is part of it; it is what she is and all that she believes."

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A Study in Lacquer (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham)
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Article. Performed to music by Marcel Bernheim, A Study in Lacquer premiered on April 18, 1926, at New York's 48th Street Theater. The solo work was performed by Martha Graham and was part of her first independent concert. In discussing Oriental-inspired dances for an article by Frances McClernan Kemp in Dance Magazine (May 1927), Graham noted, "We cannot…duplicate the oriental dance. We can only duplicate--in our way--the feeling of that dance--its spirit, its shadow. The oriental dance is a ritual; it is the religious expression of a race flowing through the soul of the dancer. She is part of it; it is what she is and all that she believes."
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