Nathan Kroll – Martha Graham: Dance On Film [+Extras] (1959)

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One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer’s World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body.

Special Features

* – New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: A Dancer’s World, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey
* – Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentaryproduced for PBS’s American Masters series
* – A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
* – Excerpts from a television pilot featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian Spring
* – A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
* – New interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll’s work and legacy
* – Interviews with the films’ editors, Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
* – New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
* – Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham’s company, narrated by Graham
* – Footage of Graham’s company from a 1954 European tour
* – PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by dance critic Joan Acocella

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