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Danjczek 1 Peter Danjczek Professor Goodson Dance 125 – 003 31 October 2006 Reaction Paper: Martha Graham Dance Company
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Danjczek 2 On Friday, October 26, 2007, I had the honor of attending the Martha Graham Dance Company’s closing celebration of its 80 th Anniversary held at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. I must admit that I had never seen a dance concert before this and I did not know what to expect. I assumed that all dance concerts were ballets consisting of ballerinas in tutus with serious faces doing leaps, pirouettes, arabesques, relevés, pliés, as well as other traditional moves. I also assumed that there would be no plot or story, a revue. To be quite honest, I was not expecting to enjoy the dance concert. This is why I was shocked when I could not turn my eyes away from the stage from the time the curtain first rolled up. The dance concert began with an introduction by the Martha Graham Center Artistic Director, Janet Eilber. Janet Eilber summarized the history of the Martha Graham Dance Company and caught my attention when she gave background information about the dances. She explained the story line of the dances which made me curious to see how a story could be portrayed through dance and as soon as she concluded and the lights dimmed, my attention was to the stage. The first dance was “Appalachian Spring”, originally titled “Ballet for Martha.” I was surprised when the curtain was raised revealing a play-like set. Although simple, the set did its task portraying a Western setting with a horse corral at front stage right, a rock at back stage right, a house at front stage left, and a bench on back stage left. The characters matched the Western setting; the man leaning on the horse corral was dressed in Western attire wearing brown pants, a brown vest, and a black bow tie; the man standing on the rock was dressed in a brown trapper looking outfit with a matching hat; the woman sitting on the steps was in a pink dress; the woman sitting on the chair in the
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Danjczek 3 house was wearing a maroon dress; and there were four girls dressed in blue outfits resembling those in “Little House on the Prairie.” The dancers were standing very still
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course DANC 125 taught by Professor Goodson during the Fall '07 term at George Mason.

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