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DVD Project

Martha Graham Dance Technique Beginning Level

This Martha Graham Technique Video is a unique, comprehensive documentation of the exercises that make up the Graham Beginning Level.  The video introduces you to the important elements of Graham technique: the contraction, release and spiral, driven by the torso and pelvis with the use of the breath and the floor. As in the typical Graham class, the exercises are divided into 3 sections: Floor Work, Standing and Across the Floor. The technique is excellent performance training - physically sound and emotionally expressive. The technique in the video was directed by Miki Orihara, a principal dancer with the Graham Company for over 27 years, and the Associate Dance Director, Susan Kikuchi, a former member of the Graham Company and Director of the Graham Ensemble and School. The running time for the exercises is about 1 hour. Plus, there are two very enlightening sections of edited interviews of former Graham dancers giving the Essentials of the Graham Technique and their perspective on Teaching Graham.


Interviews: Robert Cohan, Janet Eilber, Penny Frank, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Peggy Lyman Hayes, Virginie Mécène, Kevin Predmore, Ethel Winter, Yuriko.


Dancers: Masha MadduxOliver TobinLloyd KnightLauren NewmanLucy Postell

Lloyd MayorMiki Orihara
Original Music by Rick Kivnick
Voice Over: Susan Kikuchi and Stephen Pier

Video Total running time:  2 hours 


Film Trailer:  Short  and  Long 

Direct Link: MGDT

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