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Primitive Mysteries (1931): Martha Graham and Dorothy Bird

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

Photograph of Martha Graham and Dorothy Bird in 'Hosannah' from Primitive Mysteries (1931).

"Of Primitive Mysteries I can say that it is one of the few things I have ever seen in dancing where the idea, its origin, the source from which it grew, the development of its excitement and sanctity, give me a sense of baffled awe and surprise, the sense of wonder and defeat in its beautiful presence...We have the sense that, whatever may have been left out, nothing has entered a composition that has not grown into it organically.” – Stark Young, February 7, 1931, “The New Republic”

Premiere of Primitive Mysteries: February 2, 1931 – The Craig Theatre, New York City
Choreography by Martha Graham
Costumes by Martha Graham
Music by Louis Horst

Photograph by Paul Hanson

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